U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has introduced legislation that would allow Texas and other states to leave the ponzi scheme known as the federal highway system. In the current arrangement, Texas is a “donor” state, meaning we give the feds a lot more in taxes than we get back in spending.

Our friends at the Institute for Public Policy refering to this as “Secession-Lite.”

The senator has this weird notion that what a state pays into the tax system should closely resemble what it receives. Texas sends about $3 billion annually to Washington in motor fuel taxes. For every one of those dollars, Washington thoughtfully remits to Texas about 92 cents. Some deal: pay more, get less! (Though, we have to say “pay more, get more government” doesn’t sound all that appealing either.)

Her legislation would give states the option to opt out of federal highway program. Those that do would receive a rebate on federal fuel taxes collected in their states.

States opting out would still have to maintain the “federal” highways, but would be free to do so in the most cost-effective manner for their situation.

Again quoting IPI: “Texas won’t be seceding from the union, but seceding from a federal program or two could be a good idea. Call it secession-lite. Or Federalism.”

Sounds about right. And good for Texas’ taxpayers.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Michael Quinn Sullivan and his wife have three children. He is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. Check out his podcast, “Reflections on Life and Liberty.”


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