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Debunking Myths About Toll Roads and User Fees (Guest: Robert Poole)

February 12, 2018

What is the most effective way to fund road construction? How are lobbyists fighting to stay with the status quo despite its inefficiencies? Robert Poole from the Reason Foundation discusses this and more in this episode of Budget & Tax News!

In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Reason Foundation director of transportation studies Robert Poole joins Research Fellow Jesse Hathaway to debunk some common myths about toll roads often perpetuated by transportation industry organizations.

According to Poole, the American Transportation Research Institute, an in-house policy shop funded by the American Trucking Association, released a report promoting the fuel tax status quo and dismissing tolling and mileage-based user fees (MBUFs).

Hathaway and Poole talk about what the lobbyist-funded report got wrong, and how lawmakers in Congress and the states can get infrastructure funding reform right. Toll roads and MBUFs are a more efficient and more effective way to fund road construction and repair, Poole says.

Simply eliminating wasteful gas tax spending will not be enough to fund all of the road construction that needs to be done, Poole says, and the states can lead the way to the future of transportation with proactive free-market reforms.

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Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute. @JesseinOH