black(WASHINGTON)—The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) chief economist, Dr. Alison Premo Black, will join the “for” side on a panel of industry experts Oct. 27th in New York City for the latest Intelligence Squared Debate, “Raise the Federal Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure.” Black will join Shailen Bhatt, executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, to stress the importance the federal tax and the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) play in supporting infrastructure.

The debate will be broadcast live from the Kaufman Center in New York on the IQ2 website. The opposing side will be represented by the Reason Foundation’s Adrian Moore and the Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore.

The HTF provides funding for road, bridge and mass transit projects across the country. Its revenue source, the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, has not been raised in over two decades.

Members of the press wishing to attend the debate in person should contact ARTBA’s Eileen Houlihan at, or Shore Fire Media’s Ray Padgett at

The debate’s moderator will be ABC News Correspondent John Donvan.

WHAT:  IQ2’s Raise the Federal Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure debate.

WHEN:  Tuesday, Oct. 27, Reception 5:45-6:30 p.m., Debate 6:45-8:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, New York, New York, 10023.

Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA is the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, federal agencies, the White House, news media and the general public.