Smokey, We Have A Deficit
Through 2005-2009 every state received more Federal-Aid Highway dollars than it contributed through fuel taxes & other fees. Our grand experiment is not a user paid system and probably shouldn’t be. As well, the money that is collected tends to support highways over local streets–thus subsidizing suburbia/sprawl and focusing funding on large arterials.
- All states are “donees” when it comes to highways (Greater Greater Wash)
- New GAO Report: All States are “Donees” When it Comes to Highways (StreetsBLOG)
- All States Now Receive More In Highway Funding Than They Pay In Federal Gasoline Taxes (Think Progress)