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In most Northeast and Midwest cities the past winter has left roads and bridges a pockmarked mess of ruts and crevices… Crews couldn’t keep up with all the potholes they needed to fill and now  stop gap asphalt plugs are crumbling apart as summer quickly approaches. State and local budgets also cannot make due without  help from Washington—the federal Highway Trust Fund continues to provide insufficient revenues since Congress refuses to raise the gas tax, which supports this primary wellspring for funding local transportation infrastructure. The tax hasn’t been increased since 1993 and hasn’t been supplemented by any other meaningful source of public works budgeting as costs and needs have spiraled for repairing ageing roads as well as funding new infrastructure including mass transit.

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