Public Projects Hang In Balance Of Toll-Tax Distinction

Law360, New York (July 17, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT) -- As cash-strapped states look for creative ways to pay for new infrastructure, public finance experts say the states’ success will hinge on how courts interpret the fuzzy line between taxes and fees, an issue that has been thrust into the spotlight by — of all things — the U.S. Supreme Court's recent health care ruling.

Using tolls from one bridge, road or tunnel to pay for another is common practice in places like Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, where massive public works or money-losing mass transit systems...
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