TRUCKS ON THE ROADS.: How Much Should They Pay?

THE U.S. is a nation on wheels. Yet the roads under those wheels are in poor shape. Former Commissioner of Public Roads Thomas H. MacDonald estimated that 75,000 miles of the nation's main highways are "critically deficient," and that "we are falling behind in their rebuilding at the rate of 5,000 miles a year." Other experts, such as New York City's Park Commissioner Robert Moses, warn that the U.S. must double its road-building outlays over the next ten years to $5 billion annually. The big question is: Where should the money come from?

Nearly everyone agrees that a good part of...

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