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As Gas-Tax Profits Decline, More States May Turn to Tolls

As Gas-Tax Profits Decline, More States May Turn to Tolls

Some states are seeking to fill funding holes and potholes with toll money. But it's an uphill battle.

Governing.com
BY DANIEL C. VOCK | JANUARY 30, 2017

Tolls have been a fact of life in Indiana for at least 60 years, but state Rep. Edmond Soliday thinks there will have to be more of them if the state wants to keep its roads in good shape.

Soliday, a Republican who chairs his chamber’s transportation committee, said the most expensive part of the state’s transportation network are the heavily trafficked interstates that are filled with out-of-state trucks. Federal law, however, prevents states from tolling existing interstates without a waiver.

“I say to citizens and my fellow legislators: How much do the citizens of Indiana owe to provide an infrastructure to folks who don’t even stop for a Snickers bar?” said Soliday. “It’s irresponsible not to take a look at how much of it are Hoosiers willing to pay so that others can use it.” FULL ARTICLE

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