Economist: W.Va. May Need Local Help With Roads

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Dogged by chronic funding problems, West Virginia could turn to its counties and municipalities for help with its highway needs.

That's one suggestion from economics professor Tom Witt, who has studied the state road fund as head of a West Virginia University research center.

Witt told lawmakers Wednesday that only three other states have such a centralized system for operating and financing roads.

West Virginia took over nearly all its roadways after the great depression left counties too strapped for cash.

With few other options available, witt suggested the time may be ripe for a new approach.

Witt also suggests modest changes to the taxes on fuel, vehicle sales and related registrations that now provide nearly all the state's road fund revenues.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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