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About "Abolish Gas Tax (NEG)"
The AFF plan abolishes the federal gasoline tax, and therefore with it the Highway Trust Fund, a pot of federal money Congress allocates to the states for roads and mass transit subsidies. The Negative strategy will argue that most of their harms are unsolved or economically invalid, and the current level of federal involvement is justified by economic theory and public safety. Affirmatives will likely focus on at least one main issue: That states and/or private companies would better handle the funds/do the jobs, based on economic theory (e.g. regarding responsibility and accountability). They may also raise the issue that federal oversight increases costs, for example because of Davis-Bacon (“Prevailing wages”) regulations required for all projects done with federal money. Your responses will be to minimize the impact of these harms and outweigh them with disadvantages.
There are also a fair number of evidential and empirical examples of where private toll roads (the most likely alternative to federal funding) fail. The affirmative may likely identify some valid flaws in federal government involvement, but their plan tends to make the problems worse, and where it doesn’t (i.e. where it does solve) you outweigh with disadvantages.
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Harrison is a ex-policy debater now studying (and occasionally judging) at Ole Miss. He is majoring in international affairs (and soon, public policy) with minors in Russian and intelligence and security studies. He hopes to do analyst work and perhaps later do public policy work or organizational administration.