A provision in Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill before Congress would establish a national study to assess how such a tax could be implemented. It would not actually enact that tax, nor it does not outline a rate of 8 cents per mile.
What has been proposed is a pilot program that would study the mechanics of such a tax, said Andy Winkler, director of infrastructure projects at the Bipartisan Policy Center.
That program — a “National motor vehicle per-mile user fee pilot” — is included in the infrastructure package still before Congress.
The idea, he said, is that volunteers with passenger and commercial vehicles across the country would participate in the program that would provide insights into how such a per-mile fee could be collected. Such a tax has been weighed as a potential replacement for the gas tax, he said.
Likewise, Ulrik Boesen, a senior policy analyst at the Tax Foundation, said in an email the “purpose of this program is to study [vehicle miles traveled] taxes to understand how they could work.”
The proposal for the pilot program also does not include an “8 cents per mile” rate, or any rate for that matter, Boesen said.
It’s unclear why that specific rate was referenced. An inquiry to Newsmax about its report was not immediately returned.