Republicans consider the unthinkable: A gas tax increase to pay for infrastructure


ㅤ”One [alternative] option would be to charge drivers for the amount they drive, in the form of a tax on vehicle miles traveled, or VMT.
ㅤCalifornia and Oregon have introduced VMT pilot programs, in which motorists can volunteer to pay taxes on the miles they travel and get a rebate on the gas tax they pay.”

ㅤô¿ô …If the Republicans in Congress raise the gas tax, which is horribly unfair to lower income people, I would be ashamed to call myself a Republican.
ㅤIf revenue must be raised to pay for infrastructure, I think the VMT is a good idea. But certainly not the way CA and OR are doing it, as their method is still unfair to the poor.
ㅤThere would need to be exemptions for transit of goods and material. But assuming the details can be fairly addressed, the VMT could make the people actually using the highways and bridges pay for the highways and bridges. Lower income people who just drive back and forth to a local job wouldn’t be penalized.

Full story at The Washington Examiner, image from allstate(.com) – 2/12/18.ㅤTags: gas tax, vmt.

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