Is your State Transportation Budget Running on Fumes?

HIT THE BRAKES: While politicians advocate for gas taxes to fund better transportation projects, the federal government is eating away the funding.

Is your state transportation budget running on fumes?

That’s the colorful metaphor most commonly employed when budget writers gather to discuss money for roads and bridges. It elicits a mental picture of a vehicle sputtering to the side of the road, the fuel needle shivering near empty. We then shift to the lone traveler marching down a deserted desert highway, a rusty red can in one hand, wiping at their sweaty brow with the other, over a miserably maintained stretch of crumbling asphalt.

Armed with such mental imagery, legislators line up with their tin cups begging for more gas taxes to fix the crumbling infrastructure.

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