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  •  The wiki (2+ / 0-)
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    inclusiveheart, Leggy Starlitz

    says nothing about state/federal funding ratios.

    I was interested to learn, however, that so much funding came from federal general funds. I didn't know that - is it way past time to increase the federal gasoline/diesel tax?

    •  There is a reference under financing: (1+ / 0-)
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      About 56%[6] of the construction and maintenance costs are funded through user fees, primarily gasoline taxes, collected by states and the federal government, and tolls collected on toll roads and bridges. The rest of the costs are borne by the federal budget.

      I'd have to dig through comments from weeks ago to find some the articles and references and hope that I linked to them at the time.  But this has been a policy issue for quite some time now.  It is a broader issue affecting many aspects of the federal-state financial relationship.  From what I could gather from reading the articles, the aggregate contribution from the Feds has been in decline for fifteen years.  There has been a lot of gamesmanship in how matching funds have been determined as well.  The Woodrow Wilson Bridge (major connector on I95) was just replaced here in the DC metro area and there was quite a bit of weirdness in the negotiations between the federal government and MD and VA.  I was trying to research that history yesterday, but I really didn't have time to track through the years and years of articles to pull together a case study.

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