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New study reveals truth about the 'users pay' model for road building and upkeep

When it comes to our roads, highways and bridges, we’ve always been taught that “users pay”. The money it takes to build, maintain, and widen comes from the gasoline taxes, tolls and other car-and-truck-related fees paid by those who drive. But a new study by Illinois PIRG shows that the “users pay” model is a myth. Between inflation, the efficiency of newer vehicles and less driving overall, every American, regardless of if they drive and how often, bears a large tax burden when it comes to our roads. Abe Scarr of Illinois PIRG talks about how we are, and how we should be financing our transportation in the 21st Century. (Flickr/Frank Kehren)

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