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Mon Mar 11, 2019, 01:40 PM

Fix the Damn Roads: States Step In After Trumps Plans Stall

• Raising gas taxes, selling bonds floated to fund public works
• ‘Folks aren’t waiting for Washington anymore,’ analyst says

By Amanda Albright
March 11, 2019, 9:34 AM EDT

Governors in at least 11 states, including Michigan, Ohio and Connecticut, are pushing for new taxes, bond sales and tolls to raise money for long-needed work on roads, bridges and transit systems after President Donald Trump failed to enact a major infrastructure plan.

The push to raise billions of dollars comes after a crop of new governors from both parties took office in January. The proposals by state officials, many of whom pledged during their campaigns to boost spending for public works, marks an early effort to set their agendas and reflects expectations that there won’t be money coming from a federal government dealing with a rising budget deficit and a politically divided Congress.

"Because folks aren’t waiting for Washington anymore, it creates extra impetus at the state level," Adie Tomer, an infrastructure expert at the Brookings Institution.

The decade-long economic expansion has significantly improved the finances of America’s state governments, leaving officials more comfortable with putting money into construction work that was delayed amid the crippling budget deficits left by the Great Recession. But the fiscal austerity that lingered in the nation’s capitals for years hasn’t completely disappeared, with the pace of state and local construction spending and debt sales still below their one-time peaks and politicians likely to face political resistance to tax increases.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 01:42 PM

1. The states should be fixing their own roads

It is hitting home here in CT. We are all but guaranteed toll roads in the near future.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 01:51 PM

2. Self-fund all major highways with tolls, especially on trucks, which cause the most wear, maintenanc

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Response to Troll2 (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 03:28 PM

3. I lean more towards a sales tax increase where "everybody" contributes. Who doesn't

use the roads in one way or the other?

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 04:59 PM

5. Not having costs paid by those who cause the costs distorts the economy.

Blanket government subsidies are usually a bad idea.

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Response to Troll2 (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 05:29 PM

6. Who doesn't use the roads in some form or fashion? nt

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 05:53 PM

9. Not all people use them to the same degree

Some people drive far less than others. They may not even drive at all.

As for sales taxes, they do not reflect the ton-miles of freight travel on roads. First, the value per unit weight varies widely. Secondly, some go by rail, water or air.

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Response to Troll2 (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 05:30 PM

7. State governments will redirect toll receipts to other projects

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Response to FreeWheelBurning (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 05:54 PM

10. Which is why Federal funding should be cut off, so there is no state surplus.

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Response to Troll2 (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 06:03 PM

11. History here in CT proves that will not be a deterrent.

They have been running deficits for years and still continuously reallocate funds raised through the gas tax, which is supposed to be earmarked for transportation infrastructure, to other programs. Now they want to install tolls to make up the gap. There is no doubt in my mind that the toll receipts will eventually used for other purposes.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 03:41 PM

4. There is nothing to fix.

Remember the Obamunist's trillion dollar stimulus package was going to fix all that. I'm mean it isn't like the dems would put a trillion dollars into unions and government workers pensions rather than roads or bridges?

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 05:30 PM

8. The fed is only responsible for the interstate system

Not for the state roads and bridges! They are the states responsibility!

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 12:48 PM

12. State roads are supposed to be state responsibilities, not the feds

Fed roads, etc. fed responsibility

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