Are the gasoline taxes you pay at the pump being spent wisely? Not according to Jonathan Williams of the Tax Foundation, who in a recent study detailed some of the troubling concerns surrounding this tax on motorists: “Unfortunately, years of political pressure have eroded the original intent of gas taxes. For instance, current federal highway legislation authorized over 6,000 earmarks from the highway trust fund. Some of these went to legitimate transportation programs, but others were spent on everything from museums to graffiti removal to parking garages. In light of the recent bridge collapse in Minnesota, lawmakers would be wise to re-evaluate using gasoline tax dollars for anything other than legitimate road construction or repair.”

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