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Motorist fees, taxes cover 70-90% of road costs: Conference Board study

OTTAWA - A new study by the Conference Board of Canada says drivers in Ontario pay almost the full cost of the roads they use. The report, paid for by the Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario, found that, province-wide, fuel taxes and other fees cover between 70 and 90 per cent of annual road construction, maintenance and policing costs. And in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the Conference Board analysis indicates that road users paid more in taxes and fees than it cost to operate the road network.

UPDATE 2-U.S. business group backs higher gas tax to fix highway system

* Chamber of Commerce: spending on roads a good investment * U.S. in danger of falling behind rest of world -congressman (Adds detail on money raised by gasoline tax) By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - A leading U.S. business group on Wednesday threw its support behind the politically unpopular idea of raising the federal gasoline tax to help fund trillions of dollars in projected U.S. infrastructure needs.
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