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Most Americans would hike taxes, tolls to pay for roads -survey

Most Americans would hike taxes, tolls to pay for roads -survey
September 10, 2017 / 8:01 PM
Hilary Russ

NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Nearly three-quarters of Americans are willing to pay increased taxes or tolls to fund roads and other transportation infrastructure, according to a survey from HNTB Corp to be released on Monday that was seen by Reuters.

The number rises to 84 percent if those tax and toll hikes are mandated by law to be spent only on the infrastructure projects for which they were intended, the survey found.

“People are willing to pay higher taxes and tolls if they knew that the money was going to pay for transportation,” said Kevin Hoeflich, chairman of toll services at HNTB, a Missouri-based engineering firm that designs such projects. “They’ve seen ... funding get diverted to other areas and not where they expected.”

At the polls in November, voters in Illinois and New Jersey approved measures that require new revenues from transportation-related fees and taxes to be used exclusively for transportation projects...FULL ARTICLE

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