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October 16th, 2009
THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER
Video: A tax on miles, not gas

In a report from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, some states are experimenting with controversial new taxes to pay for highway construction. Special correspondent Lee Hochberg reports from Oregon, where officials are looking into charging drivers a tax based on the number of miles they drive in lieu of a highly-debated gas tax.

Originally aired: May 29, 2009

  • kewl

    No gas tax. No mileage tax. Increase car registration fee. Stop expansion of highway system. Ban sprawl, create livable, self sustainable community. Improve mass transit so nobody needs to own a car. If a car needs to be used, rent it. Decrease traffic, decrease pollution. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done.

  • K. Brown

    It would be very interesting and shocking if someone did a study on the cost to the taxpayers of all of the trips that President Obama takes all over the world. I bet if he stayed in the White House for just a week the savings would be astronomical.

  • http://www.pbs.org/wnet/blueprintamerica/reports/the-ride/how-the-transportation-bill-becomes-a-law/990/ The Dig ~ How the Transportation Bill Becomes a Law | Blueprint America | PBS

    [...] DOT, raising the gas tax is the only immediate way to fund such a large bill. Other options such as taxing drivers based on miles traveled and creating a national infrastructure bank to leverage transportation tax dollars to increase [...]

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