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Restoring Regional Equity to the Federal Highway Trust Fund

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Publication Date: October 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ronald D. Utt

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Transportation (Highways)

Keywords: Smart growth; highway trust fund; earmark; bridge to nowhere

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Flaws in the highway program's allocation formula shortchange states in the South and Great Lakes regions. For several donor states, these misallocations cost them more than $100 million annually. The most effective way to resolve these flaws would be to turn the highway program and the right to collect and keep the federal fuel tax revenues back to the states.