Highway Trust Fund Can Be Fixed With Common Sense, Priorities

May 22, 2015

If you could direct your federal tax dollars to one of three expenditures below, which one would you choose?

  1. Using federal tax revenue to pay state and local sales taxes;
  2. Pay 100 percent of health-insurance premiums for able-bodied, working-age adults who are not required to get a job, get job training, or even volunteer; or
  3. Direct your taxes into the highway trust fund to build and maintain our crumbling infrastructure and create high paying construction jobs in the process without increasing fuel taxes.

If you picked option one or two, then you should be pleased with how the federal government is currently managing your tax dollars. If you picked option three, then you may be interested in a couple of common sense ways to plug the $15 billion per year hole in our federal highway program that does not raise taxes, does not repatriate overseas corporate profits at a discounted tax rate, or rely on tolls or intrusive fees but simply eliminates the nonsensical practice of taxing money sourced from tax revenues on one hand and prioritizes expenditures on the other.

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