Over the weekend, we heard
that the new Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood (R), was considering implementing a tax on the number of miles people drive each year to raise the funds for road infrastructure. The idea was solidly rejected by our readers - and very quickly by the Obama Administration. One problem with a mileage tax, as Green Car Advisor
points out, is that there is then no tax-based incentive to use less fuel. As the Washingto Post
reports, the idea was pretty short-lived, with White House spokesman Robert Gibbs declaring: "It is not and will not be the policy of the Obama administration." A higher fuel tax is the most likely option for a way to collect money to repair
American roads. We'll see if that idea has got longer legs than Lahood's mileage tax.
via Green Car Advisor