The map below (click to enlarge) shows the amount each state received per dollar contributed through fuel taxes paid within the state. The agency compared the percentage of the fund that came from each state with the percentage of fund payments they received; 28 states received relatively lower shares compared to what they collected and 22 states got relatively more than they contributed.
The Salt Lake Tribune writes, despite the agency saying its formulas focus on ensuring states "receive roughly what they contribute." (Read more)
The GAO study was made at the request of Rep. Nick Joe Rahall of West Virginia, top Democrat on the House Transportation Committee, who told Ashley Halsey of The Washington Post that the report confirms the need for a new surface transportation bill. (Read more)