House Republicans Push New Oil Drilling to Fund Road Projects

House Republicans Push New Oil Drilling to Fund Road Projects

February 15, 2012
Originally published in The Los Angeles Times

From The Los Angeles Times' Nation Now Blog:

A coalition of groups, including Taxpayers for Common Sense and the pro-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, sent a letter to lawmakers contending that using drilling revenue to fund transportation projects runs counter to the "user pays" principle for transportation spending. Under that principle, drivers pay for highway construction and maintenance. Critics of the idea also say it relies on speculative revenue to fund transportation projects.