Twenty-one senators, led by Rob Portman of Ohio, a Republican, announced a new outline agreement for an infrastructure package last week.
But despite the senators’ insistence, these arrangements do not actually avoid extractive charges on residents.
Chief among these schemes that Republicans have identified are so-called user fees, like road tolls and a new fee on vehicle miles traveled.
The White House rejected such proposals as violating its own tax pledge: a promise not to increase taxes on families earning under $400,000 annually.
As President Biden observed, “If everything is paid for by a user fee, the burden falls on working-class folks, who are having trouble.”
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