Sustaining Surface Transportation: Overview of the Highway Trust Fund and Ideas for Reform

Jun 23, 2015
12:00pm1:00pm
Rayburn House Office Building B-338

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The current system of funding highways is unsustainable. Expansion of the use of the trust fund, coupled with decreased revenue from gas taxes, has resulted in the fund falling short of demand for funding. 

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University invites you to join Dr. Tracy Miller, Associate Professor of Economics at Grove City College, for a discussion on transportation funding. Dr. Miller will draw on his research to explain the role that vehicle mile charges could play in reforming highway funding and management as well as implications of increasing the federal gas tax. 

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University invites you to join Dr. Tracy C. Miller, Associate Professor of Economics at Grove City College, for a discussion on transportation funding. Dr. Miller will draw from his research to explain the role that vehicle mile charges could play in reforming highway funding and management as well as implications of increasing the federal gas tax. 

This presentation will:

  • Explain the basics of transportation funding and the economic realities impacting the source of funds;
  • Help identify areas for improvement by exploring the impact of funding method on highway congestion; and
  • Discuss reform options, with details about the ramifications of those reforms.

Space is limited. Please register online for this event.

This event is free and open to all congressional and federal agency staff. Lunch will be provided. Due to space constraints, this event is not open to interns. Questions? Please contact Caitlyn Van Orden at cvanorden@mercatus.gmu.edu.