Future of Roadway Funding in Tennessee Draws Wide Media Coverage

The Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy recently released a policy brief on the “Future of Roadway Funding in Tennessee,” with the story drawing widespread media coverage, even outside the state.

Baker Center Director Matt Murray, David Greene, the Senior Baker Fellow in Energy and the Environment at the center, and Mark Burton, a research associate professor of economics and the Director of Economics for the Center for Transportation Research, collaborated on the report.

In it, the trio tackled the issue of how the state can confront sagging gas tax revenues and growing need for maintaining and improving roads through raising that tax and tying it to fuel efficiency and inflation.

With it directly impacting the state, major media outlets from across Tennessee such as the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Bristol Herald-Courier, the Nashville Post and the Memphis Daily News all weighed in on the topic, as did TV stations WVLT in Knoxville and News Channel 5 in Nashville, among others.

Given the overall state of and concerns facing infrastructure in the United States, outlets as far away as the Houston Chronicle and Columbus, Indiana, Republic even picked up the news.

The policy brief can be seen here.