Sunday Evening Owls: Changing the gasoline tax with one thing that makes Twenty first Century sense

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Pete Buttigieg, now the nineteenth secretary of transportation, shakes arms with Joe Biden after the Oct. 15, 2019, presidential debate.

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Gabrielle Gurley at The American Prospect writes—The Long and Winding Road to Replacing the Gas TaxCan Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg persuade Congress that highway consumer charges are the following massive income factor?

Pete Buttigieg has parachuted in for a comfortable touchdown on the Division of Transportation. There have been no Betsy DeVos-esque moments on the Rhodes Scholar’s affirmation listening to. “You already know what the hell you might be speaking about,” gushed Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, close to the tip of the previous South Bend mayor’s two-and-a-half-hour appeal offensive. That offensive has additionally taken Buttigieg to late-night speak reveals and movie star newsmaker applications, the place he’s commiserated concerning the unhappy state of American infrastructure and what the Biden administration plans to do about it.

However feel-good tv blots out the issues of a sector cracking beneath the load of early-Twenty first-century inaction. There’s a beautiful lack of urgency in Congress concerning the digital insolvency of the Freeway Belief Fund, which shores up roads and public transit with gasoline taxes that have been final elevated in 1993 and usually are not listed to inflation. President Biden and Secretary Buttigieg are on the spot to plan interim measures to deal with the diminishing returns of gasoline taxes as vehicles develop extra fuel-efficient and electrification looms—or to provide you with one thing higher.