The White House floated its $478 billion transportation bill in Congress last week, which included a controversial provision allowing the increased use of tolls to pay for new infrastructure projects. This marks the second year in a row in which the administration proposed lifting a ban on placing tolls on existing highway lanes. The bill calls for spending $80 billion per year on improving the country’s aging infrastructure, which would be financed mostly through taxing corporate overseas profits. However, as an additional funding mechanism, the administration would allow states to apply to the Department of Transportation for approval of additional tolls on existing highways. Currently, states must construct new lanes on existing highways to add tolls. Last year and again this year, this provision has been met with stiff resistance on many fronts.
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