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Can the Government Tax Each Mile You Drive?

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., wants to tax drivers for each mile they travel. (National Journal)

The U.S. isn't raising enough revenue to fund its highway programs, and one Democrat has a plan to change that: a per-mile tax on drivers to charge them based on how much they use the roads.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer's proposed vehicle miles traveled tax, reports The Hill, is part of his plan to find more sustainable funding for road projects. In the short term, his bill would also raise the gas tax from 18.4 cents to 33.4 cents.

"As we extend the gas tax, we must also think about how to replace it with something more sustainable," the Oregon lawmaker said Tuesday. "The best candidate would be the vehicle mile traveled fee."

His bill would not put the tax in place immediately, but would require the government to study ways to implement it.