Freeloading on the feds

Georgians rely heavily on federal funding and bonded indebtedness to pay for transportation improvements, according to a recent study by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.

Nationally, the state average for bonded indebtedness to pay for transportation improvements is 4.3 percent, but Georgia's indebtedness is almost twice that, 8.4 percent.

Other states get about 27 percent of their transportation funding from federal money. But more than 35 percent of Georgia's transportation funding comes from the federal government. More info: www.cviog.uga.edu or Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Athens, GA, 30602.

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