Press ReleaseAugust 4, 2021

Job Creators Network Opposes Buttigieg Tax on Motorists, Urges Senators to Defeat Infrastructure Bill

Washington, DC (August 4, 2021) — The Senate infrastructure bill includes a pilot program to create a system for taxing drivers based on their vehicle mileage, according to media reports. Earlier this year, Transportation Secretary Buttigieg floated the idea of taxing motorists based on the number of miles they travel each year. The Senate is expected to vote on final passage of the infrastructure bill this week.

Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of the Job Creators Network (JCN), released the following statement: 

“The ‘Buttigieg Tax’ contained in the infrastructure bill would be devastating to Uber and Lyft drivers who rack up a lot of miles in order to support themselves and their families. Yes, the ‘Buttigieg Tax’ is a pilot program, but most pilot programs end up becoming permanent. Why aren’t Uber and Lyft coming out against the ‘Buttigieg Tax?’ Is it because their drivers are independent contractors, and they assume their drivers will have to pay the tax on their own?  Once again, Congress is taking aim at the ‘little guy,’ while the ‘Acela Corridor’ elites look on.  Every Senator should vote against this tax-spend-and-inflate infrastructure bill.  Senate Republicans, in particular, have new reason to proudly vote against it.”