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WASTE WATCH -- Maintaining roadways in Florida

FLORIDA   --  The funding source for building and maintaining roads in Florida is in trouble.
That's what a group of policy makers and business leaders is being told at a summit in Orlando.
Waste Watch report, the trouble begins with the car you are driving.
Car are more fuel efficient, and getting better every year, planners and road builders are concerned. The cash for building and maintaining roads comes from gas tax collections, and with every extra mile squeezed from a gallon, collections are going down.

Matt Ubben   Floridians for Better Transportation
"State budget for transportation is 9.5 billion dollars. So where do we find that money?"

How to better pay for roads and make sure everyone is paying their fair share is one of the topics at a leadership summit in Orlando.

Adrian Moore    Reason Foundation
"We have to openly replace the gas tax with something else because there is always going to be an incentive for us to have use fewer and fewer gallons of gas."

The obvious answer to making everyone pay is to charge by the miles you drive but that idea is raising privacy concerns.

Adrian Moore
"Organ actually has this system in place now and they have a choice, they can pay a flat fee, they can have their dominator read."

As many as ten million people are expected to move to Florida in the next three decades, and that makes stable funding crucial.

The US Chamber of Commerce says one key will be to require the services we use be located near mass transit facilities.

Janet Kavinoky   US Chamber of Commerce
"If we co-locate transportation and the services and the things you do in your daily lives, it's something that is going to improve the quality of life and reduce your cost."

The experts do agree that waiting for the cash to run out is only an option for gridlock in the future.

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