A gas tax? A mileage tax? Biden wary of user fees to pay for roads, bridges and highways

Transportation chief Pete Buttigieg has sent mixed signals on gas and mileage taxes, but Biden is steering clear of them in his infrastructure plan.

USA TODAY By Maureen Groppe and Bart Jansen March 30, 2021

WASHINGTON – As President Joe Biden prepares to reveal his infrastructure package on Wednesday, he could run into the same potential roadblock faced by his predecessor: how to pay for it.

The proposal he's scheduled to roll out in Pittsburgh will include offsets, according to the White House.

Officials haven't said what they will be. But they've suggested the funding mechanisms are focused on higher taxes for the wealthy or corporations rather than increased user fees, the primary source of funding for the nation’s roads and bridges.

"He’s going to have a plan to pay for it," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday. "He also believes that we have an opportunity to rebalance, to address our tax code that is out of date, and some could pay more in our country that are not currently."


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