The burden of a VMT would fall disproportionately on those Americans already struggling and least able to afford a new tax.
Pete Buttigieg wants to charge you more to get to work and buy groceries. The former mayor-turned-U.S. Transportation Secretary renewed calls for a Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT).
Buttigieg discussed the Biden administration’s as-yet released infrastructure plan during a maskless (albeit socially distanced) interview with CNBC. He said he believes a mileage-based tax “shows a lot of promise” for funding an infrastructure package that will cost trillions and that existing gas taxes are no longer a feasible funding solution. Buttigieg also mentioned reviving the Obama administration’s “Build America Bonds.”
Not discussed during the interview was the impact of such a mileage-based tax on low and middle-class Americans who do most of the driving in the U.S. The VMT directly targets those people who live in Republican-leaning states, many in rural areas. Urban areas offer residents public transportation and much shorter commutes. However, the backbone of America’s economy is small and medium-sized businesses run by people who still have to drive from suburban and rural areas to get to work and buy groceries to support their families.
The burden of a VMT would fall disproportionately on those red state, rural Americans already struggling and least able to afford a new tax.
He said a gas tax would not work because of the impact on the middle-class. This is no different. It's people who work in city centers but live in outer suburbs for more affordable housing that will get kicked in the teeth with a mileage tax. https://t.co/1w7YfeHevH
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) March 26, 2021
Because gas taxes aren't enough to fund their socialist spending sprees, now Pete Buttigieg wants a mileage tax too.
Democrats are doing their best to destroy business and stick it to the middle class.
— Cassandra (@CassyWearsHeels) March 26, 2021
How exactly is a mileage tax not a burden on the lower & middle class?
Are those not the people who typically can't afford to live close to jobs?
— Allegedly (@Hatem_All_) March 26, 2021
The attacks on the American worker just keep coming from the Biden admin. Now @PeteButtigieg is proposing that we TAX Americans on mileage driven.
For the record, studies have shown that low-wage workers average a 10 mile commute to work every day. https://t.co/H2WJukpyn5
— The Empowerment Alliance (@EmpoweringUSA) March 26, 2021
The addition of a VMT raises obvious questions about Biden’s already walked back promise not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 per year and serious privacy concerns.
“The President’s made a commitment that this administration will not raise taxes on people making less than $400,000 a year…and so that rules out approaches like the old fashioned gas tax.”
– Mayor Pete
How does that not also rule out a mileage based tax? https://t.co/WkvzkmeTCd
— Kevin McMahon boop/bop/beep (@KevinMcMahonYAF) March 26, 2021
I just don't know how they will calculate the mileage tax. Seems like a privacy issue if you track where people travel
— vajrpolanalyst (@vajrpolanalyst) March 26, 2021
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