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Obama to TAX CARS BY THE MILE

Obama to TAX CARS BY THE MILE

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The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.

The plan is a part of the administration's Transportation Opportunities Act, an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.

The White House, however, said the bill is only an early draft that was not formally circulated within the administration.

“This is not an administration proposal," White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. "This is not a bill supported by the administration. This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not taken into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”

News of the draft follows a March Congressional Budget Office report that supported the idea of taxing drivers based on miles driven.


Among other things, CBO suggested that a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax could be tracked by installing electronic equipment on each car to determine how many miles were driven; payment could take place electronically at filling stations.

The CBO report was requested by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), who has proposed taxing cars by the mile as a way to increase federal highway revenues.

The proposal seems to follow up on that idea in section 2218 of the draft bill. That section would create, within the Federal Highway Administration, a Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office. It would be tasked with creating a "study framework that defines the functionality of a mileage-based user fee system and other systems.


The department seemed to be aware of the need to prepare the public for what would likely be a controversial change to the way highway funds are collected. For example, the office is called on to serve a public-relations function, as the draft says it should "increase public awareness regarding the need for an alternative funding source for surface transportation programs and provide information on possible approaches."

The draft bill says the "study framework" for the project and a public awareness communications plan should be established within two years of creating the office, and that field tests should begin within four years.

The office would be required to consider four factors in field trials: the capability of states to enforce payment, the reliability of technology, administrative costs and "user acceptance." The draft does not specify where field trials should begin.

The new office would be funded a total of $300 million through fiscal 2017 for the project.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/159397-obama-floats-plan-to-tax-cars-by-the-mile
The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.

The plan is a part of the administration's Transportation Opportunities Act, an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.

The White House, however, said the bill is only an early draft that was not formally circulated within the administration.

“This is not an administration proposal," White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. "This is not a bill supported by the administration. This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not taken into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”

News of the draft follows a March Congressional Budget Office report that supported the idea of taxing drivers based on miles driven.


Among other things, CBO suggested that a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax could be tracked by installing electronic equipment on each car to determine how many miles were driven; payment could take place electronically at filling stations.

The CBO report was requested by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), who has proposed taxing cars by the mile as a way to increase federal highway revenues.

The proposal seems to follow up on that idea in section 2218 of the draft bill. That section would create, within the Federal Highway Administration, a Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office. It would be tasked with creating a "study framework that defines the functionality of a mileage-based user fee system and other systems.


The department seemed to be aware of the need to prepare the public for what would likely be a controversial change to the way highway funds are collected. For example, the office is called on to serve a public-relations function, as the draft says it should "increase public awareness regarding the need for an alternative funding source for surface transportation programs and provide information on possible approaches."

The draft bill says the "study framework" for the project and a public awareness communications plan should be established within two years of creating the office, and that field tests should begin within four years.

The office would be required to consider four factors in field trials: the capability of states to enforce payment, the reliability of technology, administrative costs and "user acceptance." The draft does not specify where field trials should begin.

The new office would be funded a total of $300 million through fiscal 2017 for the project.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/159397-obama-floats-plan-to-tax-cars-by-the-mile

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Undated USDOT draft reauthorization bill Obtained by
Transportation Weekly
 
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 NOTE: This is an copy of a draft bill that was circulated some time ago within theU.S. Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget. It isnot the final version of the bill that the Obama Administration will eventuallytransmit to Congress (if indeed they ever do submit a bill to Congress). It is merelya snapshot of what the White House and USDOT were thinking about including intheir reauthorization proposal at one point in time.However, all of the dollar amounts authorized in the bill are consistent with thenumbers put forward in the Department of Transportation’s FY 2012 budgetrequest, even at the sub-sub-account level put forward in detail in the FederalHighway Administration’s budget justifications. And since those dollar amountshad to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget, and cannot bechanged (at least at the account level) without further permission from OMB, thelanguage and policy accompanying the numbers is probably pretty far advanced.The following 498 pages contain all provisions and titles of this undatedAdministration draft.
 
Undated USDOT draft reauthorization bill Obtained by
Transportation Weekly
 
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 A Bill
To authorize passenger rail, highway infrastructure and safety, transit, motor carrier, andother surface transportation programs, and for other purposes.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of  America in Congress assembled,
 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
 (a) SHORT TITLE.--This Act may be cited as the "Transportation OpportunitiesAct".(b) TABLE OF CONTENTS.--The table of contents of this Act is as follows:Sec. 1. Short title; Table of Contents.Sec. 2. Definitions.TITLE I--NATIONAL HIGH PERFORMANCE RAIL SYSTEMSec. 1101. Purpose and objectives.Sec. 1102. Passenger rail system.Sec. 1103. Obligation ceiling.Sec. 1104. Buy America.Sec. 1105. Miscellaneous rail provisions.Sec. 1106. Miscellaneous corrections, revisions, and repeals.TITLE II--SURFACE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE REFORMSubtitle A--Accelerating Project DeliverySec. 2001. Project Delivery Acceleration Initiative.
 
Sec. 2002. Efficiencies in Contracting.
 
Sec. 2003. Application of categorical exclusions for multi-modal projects.Sec. 2004. Integration of planning and environmental review.Sec. 2005. National Environmental Policy Act process reforms.Sec. 2006. Clarified eligibility for early acquisition activities prior tocompletion of NEPA review.Sec. 2007. Alternative relocation payment demonstration program.Sec. 2008. Surface transportation project delivery program.Sec. 2009. State assumption of responsibilities for categorical exclusions.Sec. 2010.
 
Local Transportation Project Delivery Acceleration Pilot Program.Subtitle B--Infrastructure Financing; Freight Policy
 
Undated USDOT draft reauthorization bill Obtained by
Transportation Weekly
 
3Part 1--National Infrastructure Innovation and Finance FundSec. 2101. Establishment of National Infrastructure Innovation and Finance Fund.Sec. 2102. Title 5 Amendment.Part 2--Freight Policy OfficeSec. 2151. Office of Freight Policy.Subtitle C--Federal-Aid HighwaysPart 1--Authorizations and ProgramsSec. 2201. Authorization of appropriations.Sec. 2202. Obligation Ceiling.Sec. 2203. Apportionments.Sec. 2204. Definitions.Sec. 2205. National Highway Program.Sec. 2206. National Highway System.Sec. 2207. Highway Infrastructure Performance Program.Sec. 2208. Flexible Investment Program.Sec. 2209. Historic Highway Bridges.Sec. 2210. National Bridge and Tunnel Inventory and Inspection Programs.Sec. 2211. Livability Program.Sec. 2212. Federal Lands and Tribal Transportation Programs.Sec. 2213. Emergency Relief Program.Sec. 2214. Workforce Development.Sec. 2215. Highway Safety Improvement Program.Sec. 2215. Highway Safety Data Improvement Program.Sec. 2217. Tolling.Sec. 2218. Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office.Sec. 2219. Transportation systems management and operations.Part 2--Performance ManagementSec. 2301. Performance Management Process.Sec. 2302. Metropolitan transportation planning.Sec. 2303. Statewide and non-metropolitan transportation planning.Part 3--Improved Federal StewardshipSec. 2501. Special permits during periods of national emergency.Sec. 2502. Charging infrastructure in Interstate rights-of-way.Sec. 2503. Federal share payable.Sec. 2504. HOV facilities.

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