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Who Should Foot The Bill For Better Highways?

This "2-Minute Debate" is part of a series co-produced by Intelligence Squared U.S. and Newsy.

By Elizabeth Hagedorn | November 5, 2015

The Highway Trust Fund provides funding for road, bridge and mass transit projects across the country — and it's running out of money. Its revenue source, the federal gas tax, at 18.4 cents a gallon, has not been raised in over two decades. Congress has been kicking this can down the road for years. There are many arguments for a leaner fund — among them, the idea that scaling back the program would force the government to prioritize projects and eliminate waste. But proponents of the tax say it still plays a vital role in supporting infrastructure, and that perpetual shortfalls have led to construction delays and uncertainty. Should Congress raise the federal gas tax?

The panel: 

Shailen Bhatt, executive director at the Colorado Department of Transportation

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Adrian Moore, vice president of policy at the Reason Foundation

Alison Premo Black, senior vice president and chief economist at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association

Stephen Moore, distinguished visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation

Watch the full debate at Intelligence Squared U.S.

This video includes video from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

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