WASHINGTON — The transportation infrastructure funding crisis facing all governments is providing a “silver lining” as states are turning increasingly to innovative financing such as variable-rate fuel taxes and mileage-based user fees, according to a report released this week by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The report provides an overview of strategies states are using to blunt the impact of declining federal funding, highlighting legislative approaches that it claims take a “forward-thinking, sustainable approach to providing transportation infrastructure and services over time.

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