Susan Collins: Bipartisan infrastructure plan proposes user tax for electric vehicle 'free riders'
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Sunday gave CBS News' John Dickerson a breakdown of how a bipartisan group of Senators haggling with the White House over an infrastructure package intends to pay for her proposal.
At first, Collins rejected reports that the Senators' plan would increase the gas tax. Instead, she said the payment strategy involves "implementing an infrastructure finance agency very similar to the state revolving funds we've used on sewage and water projects" to convert the unused COVID-19 funding - Collins pointed to California's "huge surplus." “An example - exclusively for“ water, sewage and broadband ”and finally“ a provision for electric vehicles that pay their share of the use of our roads and bridges ”. Collins said the rationale for the EV idea is that their drivers "are literally free riders because they don't pay gasoline tax".
However, the White House has repeatedly stated that it will oppose a mileage tax on electric vehicles as it would violate President Biden's promise not to impose taxes on anyone earning less than $ 400,000 a year, the New York reported Times last week.
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