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Unformatted text preview: oes. However, these user fees only cover about half of
all highway spending, and this percentage has been falling steadily for years. Some revenue from the gas tax has been diverted
to other programs, but even if all gas tax dollars went to highways, user fees would still make up only 65 percent of all
highway spending. The remainder is left to be paid for by general taxation, and the resulting subsidy is massive. Recently, the
Highway Trust Fund has received bailouts of $8 billion in 2008, $7 billion in 2009, and $20 billion in 2010. All told,
according to SubsidyScope, from 2000 to 2009 the difference between what the government spent on highways and
what it received in user fees amounted to a subsidy of over $360 billion. ) A2: Ridership Dilemma
Public is eager – will ride
Durbin, assistant majority leader of the senate, September 21, 2011 (Richard, official website of Dick Durbin,
http://durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=32617df5-4fc7-45b1-aefa-57dde3f4e759 , DKE)
[Rail travel is experiencing consistent growth across...
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