One of my federal senators sent an email to me recently and mentioned the Motor Fuel Excise Tax. I did a little research on the Motor Fuel Excise Tax and it got me thinking about a lot of things. The Motor Fuel Excise Tax in Texas is $0.385 per gallon of which $0.20 goes to the state government and $0.185 goes to the federal government https://igentax.com/gas-tax-state/. The Texas government is always complaining that road maintenance costs rising faster than the revenue from the Motor Fuel Excise Tax but $0.05 per gallon actually goes to pay for schools and Texas hasn't raised their Motor Fuel Excise Tax since 1991. Now the Texas government, including the senator I have been conversing with, is complaining that fuel efficient vehicles and reduced demand for gasoline is driving down revenues from the Motor Fuel Excise Tax even further. You can be sure that conservatives are going to use declining revenues from the Motor Fuel Excise Tax as one of the main arguments for opposing electric vehicle adoption. I told my senator that I think the Motor Fuel Excise Tax is an obsolete method of acquiring revenue for road maintenance. I told him that a vehicle usage tax based on mileage makes a lot more sense in the EV era. I know that some states are already experimenting with vehicle usage taxes and I know of at least one study being performed. Conservatives have been complaining about paying for the electric vehicle infrastructure in the American Jobs Plan but they fail to mention how obsolete the Motor Fuel Excise Tax already is. One of the best ways to pay for the electric vehicle infrastructure in the American Jobs Plan may be to completely overhaul the Motor Fuel Excise Tax to a vehicle usage tax based on millage and linked to the Consumer Price Index. When I consider how the Motor Fuel Excise Tax appears to be so mismanaged, it really heats up my blood when I hear conservatives complaining about paying for electric vehicle infrastructure. I just wanted to do a little math to give an idea of what an acceptable usage tax based on mileage might be. A car that travels 12,000 miles a year and gets an average of 40 mpg burns about 300 gallons of gasoline per year. At $0.385 per gallon that person pays $115.50 of Motor Fuel Excise Tax per year. Dividing the $115.50 by 12,000 miles gives a usage tax rate of $0.009625 per mile. This is of course based on a light duty vehicle. The usage tax rate would be adjusted based on vehicle weight class.