Buttigieg proposes raising gas tax to pay for infrastructure bill

OAN Top News

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 file photo, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks at Union Station in Washington. Airline officials are talking to the Biden administration about support for incentives to use cleaner fuels for airplanes. Leaders of several of the largest U.S. passenger and cargo airlines held an online meeting Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 with White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 file photo, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks at Union Station in Washington. Airline officials are talking to the Biden administration about support for incentives to use cleaner fuels for airplanes. Leaders of several of the largest U.S. passenger and cargo airlines held an online meeting Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 with White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 file photo, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg spoke at Union Station in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 4:17 PM PT – Friday, March 12, 2021

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg suggested raising the gas tax could help fund Democrats’ proposed infrastructure bill.

During an interview on Friday, Buttigieg called the proposal a “medium-term” solution for funding the bill, pointing out the current gas tax hasn’t been adjusted for inflation since it was last revised in 1993.

oe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, right, meet with Vice President Kamala Harris and members of the House of Representatives in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 4, 2021, on infrastructure. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with Kamala Harris and members of the House of Representatives in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 4, 2021, on infrastructure. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

“Historically for example, we’ve mostly relied on the gas tax in order to fund our highways,” Buttigieg stated. “But, the gas tax hasn’t been adjusted since 1993, it was never pegged to inflation and at best that’s a medium-term solution because as electric vehicles come onto the road, people are going to use less gas anyway.”

However, as recently as February, Buttigieg said Joe Biden has shown opposition to raising the gas tax, since doing so would violate his campaign promise to not raise taxes on middle class Americans.

MORE NEWS: Pelosi: Of Course There’s A Chance Democrats Will Overturn GOP Election Win In Iowa

Leave a Reply