Viewpoint 1: Paying by the mile and ending the gas tax

Moving away from a gas tax as we move to electric cars is a commonsense measure that can have large environmental benefits. It is just a matter of adjusting to technology. If we had relied on a tax on hay to fund road maintenance in the days of horse-drawn carriages, we obviously would need to make a change as we moved to gas-powered cars. It is the same now as we move away from gas to electric vehicles.