Saturday, March 7, 2009

Mileage tax in US?

I haven't heard this one before. 

Mileage tax idea gains congressional support, raises privacy concerns

Despite opposition from the White House, a proposal to tax motorists on the number of miles they drive each year is gaining speed on Capitol Hill.

Its popularity is increasing as Congress searches for alternatives to the federal gasoline tax, which is not indexed to inflation and which has not been raised since 1993....

(Barbara) Boxer said the 2007 collapse of a bridge in Minneapolis – which killed 13 people – is a reminder that Congress must move quickly to increase spending on the nation's infrastructure. She said there's now a backlog of projects that would require $495 billion just to maintain the current system.

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