What Is Smart Growth?

Do you know how your gas taxes are spent?

Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute, explains how a portion of gas taxes are transferred to the Highway Trust Fund, a fund dedicated to repairing and maintaining roads. However, over time the trust fund has become a slush fund for various political pet projects.

Dr. McQuillan explains how advocates of so-called “smart growth” have been able to use these funds to pursue projects unrelated to highways and roads and warns that this dynamic could undercut local control of our communities.