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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Chris Plaushin
Tolls are increasingly being diverted to pay for transportation projects and other expenses unrelated to the roadways, bridges and tunnels used by the motorists who pay the fees, the nation's largest auto club said Wednesday.
The diversion of tolls for unrelated projects undermines the "user pays" principle behind transportation tolls and weakens public support for them, Chris Plaushin, director of federal relations for AAA, told a hearing of the highway subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
"We're not anti-tolling, but we think some accountability in the process is needed," Mr. Plaushin said.