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OPINION: New approach to shifting from per-gallon taxes to per-mile charges

Heavy trucks travel Interstate 43 near Grafton on July 17. Plans to rebuild and add lanes to this stretch of highway were approved by Wisconsin’s Transportation Projects Commission in 2014. That commission, which is required to approved major-highway plans before they can be added to state statute, is planning to meet in December for the first time in five years. (Photo by Kevin Harnack)

Ever since serving on the Transportation Research Board special committee on the long-term viability of fuel taxes in 2005, I have been persuaded that per-gallon fuel taxes are not a sustainable source of funding for 21st-century roadways. A subsequent national commission in 2008 (on which my Reason colleague Adrian Moore served) concluded that charging per mile rather than per gallon of fuel would be the best replacement funding source. But can that difficult transition be made?

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OPINION: Why apprenticeship is becoming a wise choice for many

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Many economists, employers and academics tell us that our post-secondary education system is churning out too many four-year graduates. For decades, many parents, teachers and school counselors have been stuck in the mindset that four-year colleges are the best pathway for high school graduates to initiate a successful career.

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