Well That Was Quick: Obama Disavows Mileage Fee Proposal

The Hill is reporting that the Obama administration has already sworn off a move toward a vehicle-miles-traveled fee. We just reported that an undated draft of the administration transportation proposal included the creation of an office to study the feasibility of implementing such a system to replace the traditional fuel tax.

The Hill’s Keith Laing writes:

The proposal was included in a draft of the administration’s Transportation Opportunities Act, but a White House spokesman said it “was not an administration proposal.”

“This is not a bill supported by the administration,” White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. “This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not take into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”

This calls into question not just the VMT fee but all the proposals in the draft bill being circulated. If the White House is walking away from one piece of it, who knows what other elements in the draft have already been removed?

  • Anonymous

    It’s just a dumb idea.

    It’s meant as an alternative to the extremely unpopular (but necessary) idea of raising the gas tax. Except it’s a worse policy environmentally, and is bound to make the gas tax popular in comparison. No one wants the government snooping on how many miles they drive.

    Raise the frickin’ gas tax, and index it to inflation so we don’t get in this mess again.

  • Anonanomie

    It’s a dumb idea that does not improve on the status quo, with a horrible obstacle in the way. that never dies.

  • carma

    big brother watching every move you do is not good. however, raising the frickin’ gas tax in a frail economy is also not good either.

  • Anonymous

    Yippee! More transfers from the General Fund to the Highway Trust Fund!!

  • Ian Turner

    Carma: Why is an income tax better than a gas tax, in a frail economy or in any other?

  • Do you know what forward thinking is?

    Cars wont use gas forever. In fact, there are 10,000 on the streets right now that use none at all.

    Who pays for the maintenence?

  • Tothetop

    Would you please stop printing pictures of that moron?

  • JWirtz79

    Would someone talk some sense into him please?

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