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The gas tax that funds infrastructure projects is broken. The pandemic could end it.

October 28, 2020

After months of travel and work restrictions to support public health amid COVID-19, drivers may find their roads in less-than-ideal condition when they’re able to get back behind the wheel.

The sharp dips in driving that accompanied early stages of lockdowns meant less gas tax revenue for state and local governments, exposing what many transportation agencies and lawmakers have feared for years: the gas tax is no longer adequate for America’s infrastructure funding. Budgetary problems existed long before the pandemic, but new driving trends may accelerate conversations on what innovative approaches can replace it.

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