Are tolls the only option for infrastructure funding?

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By Roland Murphy | AZBEX

If we don’t build it – and maintain it, and repair it – they won’t come, and we can’t go.

But we can’t build, maintain or repair it if we don’t fund it.

If you will forgive a litany of mixed metaphors, this is not a chicken and egg problem. It is the direct result of decades of childish “neener, neener” level finger pointing and kicking the can down the road in the political hope that complicated and nuanced political and economic issues will become someone else’s problems.

That’s not a partisan statement. There is an abundance of blame to go around regardless of one’s political orientation.

As I write this on January 22, the government is in another shutdown. Meanwhile, President Trump is hinting that portions of his long-touted $1T infrastructure plan may be announced in the coming weeks.

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