Austin American-Statesman  1/19/14 By Ben Wear

We’re talking about a devolution.

Or, to take another tack, about that well known substance that tends to flow downhill. And I don’t mean water.

The subject is highway money, both the raising it and spending it sides, and which level of government shoulders the burden. In the past, the bulk of money for building and maintaining highways has come from the federal and state levels, courtesy mostly of the gas taxes that each of those levies and collects. Smaller rural roads and local streets, meanwhile, were the responsibility of county and city governments and were paid for primarily with property and sales tax revenue.

But this structure, in place for the past century, is crumbling.

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