Policy Forum

Relief from Gridlock: Surface Transportation Reauthorization in 2009

May 27, 2008 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

Auditorium/Wintergarden

Featuring Randal O’Toole, Cato Institute, Samuel Staley, Reason Foundation, Greg Cohen, American Highway User Alliance. Moderated by Jerry Taylor, Cato Institute.

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In reauthorizing the federal gas tax and surface transportation funding, the next Congress can continue historic trends of dictating thousands of earmarks and other mandates that reduce our transportation efficiency and, like recent ethanol programs, have huge unintended consequences. Or it can streamline federal transportation programs to make urban and other surface transport systems run smoothly, efficiently, and with minimal waste of energy and greenhouse gas emissions. This policy forum will present a variety of proposals for breaking out of the transportation gridlock we currently suffer.