How Congress Can Fix the Highway Trust Fund

The federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) is no longer being supported by highway user revenues. Policy makers should take this reality seriously when they form policy to reauthorize the federal program. This policy should preserve and strengthen the users-pay/users-benefit principle on which the HTF was founded, and which remains the basis for most state highway programs, set meaningful priorities for the Highway Trust Fund, to balance spending with existing revenues, encourage state efforts to develop mileage-based user fee models that address the many current unknowns and concerns over this proposed transition, and give states improved tools to make their existing transportation funding go further.

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