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By Scott Beyer
Republicans have long wanted to reduce Washington’s role in transportation, most recently through a bill that would nearly repeal the gas tax
. They argue that by collecting this revenue and redistributing it to the states, the federal government now functions as a wasteful bureaucratic top layer, and that if states could just keep the revenue, more would go towards actual construction. A closer look at existing federal policy strengthens their point.
In 2005, the Cato Institute published Gabriel Roth’s paper “Liberating the Roads
,” which detailed some of the federal government’s inefficiencies. It included a statement by former Federal Highway Administration head Robert Farris, who…