Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on Monday that there is no current provision in the $3 trillion Biden infrastructure plan to increase taxes on gas or mileage.
“That’s not part of the conversation about this infrastructure bill,” Buttigieg said on CNN when Jake Tapper asked him about an idea the secretary had floated of using a mileage tax as a way to subsidize roads, bridges, and tunnels construction. “Just want to make sure that’s really clear. But you will be hearing a lot more details in the coming days about how we envision to be able to fund this.” Buttigieg also denied that the infrastructure plan would result in a gas tax increase.
This walk back on the mileage tax follows Buttigieg saying on CNBC that it “shows a lot of promise.”
“I think that shows a lot of promise,” Buttigieg said on Friday. “If we believe in that so-called user-pays principle, the idea that part of how we