— Jill Dunn
Study cites federal funds diverted from interstates
Without raising the federal gas tax, the federal government could increase spending on interstate highways by $10 billion a year, according to a study by the Reason Foundation, a Los Angeles-based public policy organization. That’s how much money is diverted to projects with no national benefits, such as ferryboats, trails and mass transit programs, Reason found.
The funding for such programs, which are unable to generate significant user revenues and require large subsidies, should come from state and local governments, the think tank contends.
“Sooner or later Congress is going to have to deal with the highway bill and the major shortfall in highway investment,” says Robert Poole, principal author of the report.
– Staff reports
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