So now the Biden Administration is considering a tax on the number of miles folks drive. This will be really bad for rural people, who I might remind the good reader, are often lower-income than urban dwellers, although that is offset somewhat by a generally lower cost of living, especially real estate. Even so, this will be hell on rural residents. Excerpt:
It turns out that Biden favors Buttigieg’s transportation views, specifically the idea that America should move away from the gas tax and instead opt into a tax based on the number of miles a person travels. It would be a new way to provide cash for the Highway Trust Fund, which currently funding from the federal gas tax. As it currently stands, the federal gas tax is 18.4 cents per gallon and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel.
Liberal states, like California, Oregon, Washington State, and Colorado are already contemplating this so-called “alternative.”
Biden’s administration would have to figure out how to pay for his $1 trillion infrastructure plan, which includes $160 billion for the transportation department.
During his confirmation hearing with the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on Thursday, Buttigieg explained his take on the gas tax.
“I think all options need to be on the table. As you know, the gas tax has not been increased since 1993, and it has never been pegged to inflation, and it’s one of the reasons why the current state of Highway Trust Fund is that there’s more going out than coming in,” Buttigieg said about a potential tax increase. “In the long term, we need to bear in mind also that as vehicles become more efficient and as we pursue electrification, sooner or later, there will be questions about whether the gas tax can be effective at all.”
Instead, the transportation nominee wants to consider taxing Americans on the number of miles they drive.
I guaran-damn-tee you Alaska isn’t considering any such “alternative.” But I have a few questions as to how any such (idiotic) idea would be implemented.
- How would the Imperial government determine how many miles a year you drive? A mandatory GPS tracker in your vehicle? Fuck off, slaver! Or would you just be required to enter beginning and ending mileage for all your vehicles on your tax form?
- How would the Imperial government collect this tax? Gasoline taxes are collected at the pump. Would every citizen have to send in a check every quarter? Would it be part of your tax return every year? How would you collect from people who don’t file tax returns? Some people don’t have to file annual returns, you know. Retired folks on fixed pensions, for example.
- How would the Imperial government know when, as a result of this dumb-as-a-bag-of-wet-hair policy, I leave the truck in the garage and run my ATV or snow machine down the road to grab some lunch or have a beer? Hint: They wouldn’t.
I’m pretty sure this is a classic trial balloon. For one thing, no such change to the tax code can be done without Congress, and the Democrat’s margin in Congress is razor-thin; I’m pretty sure enough Dems in the House that hail from semi-rural/purple districts would peg this for a bad idea and vote against it. But it’s bothersome that the newly installed Biden Administration is clueless enough to even float this as an idea. Stay tuned, True Believers; I’m sure this isn’t the last dumb idea we’ll see out of this bunch.