Transportation Sec. Buttigieg: ‘Hearing a lot of appetite’ for a mileage tax on U.S. drivers

Transportation Sec. Buttigieg: ‘Hearing a lot of appetite’ for a mileage tax on U.S. drivers
Pete Buttigieg (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Uh, step away from the government, Mr. Buttigieg. Of course you hear appetite for taxes if you hang out in such a seedy environment.]

A vehicle mileage tax could be on the table in talks about how to finance the White House’s expected multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal, according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg, who spoke with CNBC’s Kayla Tausche on Friday, also contended that President Joe Biden’s forthcoming plans to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges and waterways would lead to a net gain for the U.S. taxpayer and not a net outlay.

“When you think about infrastructure, it’s a classic example of the kind of investment that has a return on that investment,” he said. “That’s one of many reasons why we think this is so important. This is a jobs vision as much as it is an infrastructure vision, a climate vision and more.”

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