With the fed cutting $52 million from our road budget now might be a good time to consider Rep. Frank Nicley's idea to opt out of the federal highway fund. Tennessee already pays in about $100 million more in gas taxes to the fed then we get back. If we opt out of the federal gas tax but kept the tax rate at the same level Tennessee would be about $150 million richer.
That, and we can do what we want with the money. Think pave roads and build bridges instead of plant flowers and put up watershed signs.