The Effect of State Legislative Redistricting and Partisan Alignment on Transportation Funding
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I use a dataset from the Ohio Department of Transportation, detailing 10,261 road construction projects in Ohio from the 2003 fiscal year onward, with total estimated cost of $22.4 billion. The data include information on project cost, project purpose, and each project’s geographic coordinates. From 2010-2016 the Republican party controlled the Ohio House of Representatives, the Ohio Senate, and the governorship. I find that areas moving from a Republican to a Democratic Representative during the redistricting year received 0.41 standard deviations less in annual highway construction funding, relative to areas that stayed with a Republican representative.