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From Gallons to Miles: Rethinking Road Taxes

By: Adam Hoffer, Kyle Hulehan, Dan Carvajal

Buckle up as we navigate the twists and turns of infrastructure and road funding. As electric vehicles gain traction, traditional gas taxes are running out of fuel to support our infrastructure budget. Today, we’re exploring how Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) taxes pave a more equitable and sustainable path for funding road maintenance and construction.

Adam Hoffer, the Director of Excise TaxAn excise tax is a tax imposed on a specific good or activity. Excise taxes are commonly levied on cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, soda, gasoline, insurance premiums, amusement activities, and betting, and typically make up a relatively small and volatile portion of state and local and, to a lesser extent, federal tax collections. Policy, joins Kyle Hulehan to unpack the challenges and opportunities of VMT taxes. They will explore the innovative technologies used for mileage tracking and address the significant privacy concerns involved.


  • Who Will Pay for the Roads? See more
  • Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) TaxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. See more
  • Gas TaxA gas tax is commonly used to describe the variety of taxes levied on gasoline at both the federal and state levels, to provide funds for highway repair and maintenance, as well as for other government infrastructure projects. These taxes are levied in a few ways, including per-gallon excise taxes, excise taxes imposed on wholesalers, and general sales taxes that apply to the purchase of gasoline. See more

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