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Gas-Tax Proxy Out of Reach as Clock Ticks for Highway Trust Fund
A long-discussed move away from gasoline taxes toward charging drivers by how much they use roads won’t be feasible in time to save Congress from having to make uncomfortable choices about how to pay for highway projects.
Shaun Courtney, Bloomberg Government: April 1, 2019
What is the role for cities in replacing the gas tax?
Cities should partner with state and regional governments to explore a road user charge (RUC) system that could replace or supplement the gas tax, according to a new report from the National League of Cities (NLC). Budget concerns and enforcement mean such systems are likely best executed at a state level, but local leaders can play a “significant role” in getting them off the ground.
Jason Plautz, Smart Cities Dive: March 12, 2019
To the editor: Base road tax on miles, not gallons
A Blade front page story (“Panel: Time for Ohio to raise gas tax,” Feb. 7) and a prior Blade Pages of Opinion piece supporting this same action, do not address two important issues: (1) Drivers of electric and hybrid-powered vehicles will not be paying as much to support our roads as those driving gasoline and diesel-fueled vehicles, and (2) it presents another financial burden to lower-income families whose older vehicles tend to be less fuel-efficient. The folks that can least afford it will be taxed the most.
Russ Fielding, The Blade: February 20, 2019
FHWA Awards More Than $10 Million to Seven States to Test New Ways to Fund Highways
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced $10.2 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to seven states to test new ways to finance highway and bridge projects. The program’s goal is to allow states to test user-based alternatives to support the Highway Trust Fund, which relies primarily on the federal gas tax.
Nancy Singer, Federal Highway Administration: February 12, 2019
With highway funding in decline, mileage-based fees offer a solution
Most Americans don’t need to be reminded of the deteriorating condition of America’s roads and highways — it’s a daily reality on their commute to work, run to the store, or drive to school. The U.S. had an $836 billion backlog of highway and bridge capital needs in 2017 and, in some states, nearly 3 in 4 roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
Liam Sigaud, The Hill: February 11, 2019