Tennesseans Spend More on Smartphones Than Roads Says State Transportation Commissioner Confronting the Highway Funding Challenge

Kingsport Times-News reports that Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer “is still attempting to drum up grassroots support for changing Tennessee’s transportation funding model. At the heart of that model is a 21.4 cents per gallon gas tax last set in 1989.” The article cites the National Conference of State Legislatures, which says many states are “thinking about how to create new transportation user funds, by investigating the feasibility of road use charges for drivers, tolling, fees and taxes for alternative vehicles that don’t use gasoline, private-public partnerships and other emerging strategies.”