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Reason Magazine suggests the solution to the collapsing Federal Highway Trust Fund is to “devolve” highway construction to the states.

https://reason.com/archives/2015/10/06/let-states-build-their-own-hig

I totally agree. I especially agree about states getting out from one-size-fits-all federal mandates. Alaska’s ice-challenged roads would benefit from adopting Scandinavian country highway construction techniques (which we have instituted on some state-roads, with good results) but we are not permitted to use these techniques because they do not meet federal standards.

I suspect other states would find the same experience if allowed to experiment.

Getting rid of the federal highway tax would allow states to increase their own highway taxes while being able to make the case for projects people in their states actually want and need rather than bridges to Ketchikan Alaska to Gravina Island. or the Big Dig.

It would also go a long way toward breaking the stranglehold Washington DC has on the states.

Posted October 6, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Transportation

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