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Is your ‘free ride’ ending? Congress may add tolls on interstate

Is your ‘free ride’ ending? Congress may add tolls on interstate

Bloomberg BNA
Aug 15, 2017 / by Nancy Ognanovich

If you’re traveling cross country on the Interstate Highway System this summer you might first calculate the cost of gas and motels in your planning. But it may not be long before you’ll have to include the cost of tolls as well.

The days of endlessly cruising the “freeway” from state to state may be over if Congress agrees to impose more tolls, in a drive to raise money for President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure development plan. While the latter hasn’t been released yet, congressional researchers already are analyzing tolls as a way to augment the long-standing system of taxes that have built and maintained the interstates.

The Congressional Research Service acknowledged in a new report that the 1916 law providing taxpayer money for highway construction included the requirement that those roads be “free from tolls of all kinds.” In addition, the “freedom from tolls” policy was reaffirmed in law when the interstate system was under development in the mid-1950s, it said... FULL ARTICLE

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