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Posts Tagged ‘Highway Trust Fund’

States’ Growing Role in Funding the Nation’s Transportation Infrastructure

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 1
As we enter the new year (celebrating our 25th year of publication), and as the deadline for reauthorization of the surface transportation program draws closer, those who want the new bill to sharply increase federal spending for transportation face a vexing reality. The Highway Trust Fund, a vital source of support for the federal surface transportation program for over half a century, no longer can keep up with the nation’s growing transportation needs. A combination of more fuel-efficient cars, rising CAFE standards and consumer embrace of hybrid vehicles has kept gas tax revenue stagnant, throwing the Trust Fund out of balance with the rising demand for transportation funds. A possible decline in per capita travel could cause the future imbalance to grow even larger.

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A Credible Funding Solution for Transportation

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 6
As we have argued in recent columns, no one disputes President Obama’s and the infrastructure advocates’ claim that some of America’s transportation facilities, are reaching the limit of their useful life and need reconstruction. Nor does any one disagree about the need to expand infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population.

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Searching for Novel Approaches to Transportation Funding

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 1
As we enter the New Year (and begin our 24th year of publication), the debate about transportation funding is taking a new turn. Talk of raising the federal gas tax has become muted and even the efficacy of the gas tax itself is being questioned. And no wonder: vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient, CAFE standards are becoming more stringent, vehicle use is leveling off, and hybrids and electric vehicles are expected to slowly but surely increase their market penetration.

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A Post-Election Outlook for Transportation

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 32 With President Obama’s reelection and his oft-stated commitment to investing in infrastructure, there is reason for the transportation community to be upbeat and hopeful as we approach the end of the year.  At a post-election analysis of federal transportation policy convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Eno Center […]

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Transportation Infrastructure in the Post MAP-21 Era

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 23, No. 27
Proponents of a more robust level of spending for transportation infrastructure ignore the political realities. With mounting deficits and the shadow of a $16 trillion debt hovering over all fiscal decisions, Congress is not about to vastly increase spending on transportation. Concern about deteriorating infrastructure has failed to resonate with the electorate during the election campaign.

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The Precarious State of the Highway Trust Fund

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

On November 18, President Obama signed into law a bundle of appropriation bills for FY 2012 including appropriations for the U.S. Department of Transportation. The measure had been passed earlier in the House by a vote of 298-121 and in the Senate by a vote of 70-30.

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Highway Trust Fund: All States Received More Funding Than They Contributed in Highway Taxes from 2005 to 2009

Friday, October 14th, 2011
HIGHWAY TRUST FUND All States Received More Funding Than They Contributed in Highway Taxes from 2005 to 2009

US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE What GAO Found From 2005 to 2009, every state received more funding for highway programs than they contributed to the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund. This was possible because more funding was authorized and apportioned than was collected from the states, and the fund was augmented with about $30 […]

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Will Federal Transportation Funding Stop if Debt Deal Falls Through?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

TRANSPORTATION ISSUES DAILY Written by Larry Ehl If a debt deal isn’t reached and the government defaults, what might happen to transportation funding? According to an analysis by the well-respected Bipartisan Policy Commission (BPC) there would be barely enough funding to pay interest, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, defense, and unemployment benefits. In another scenario, […]

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Reflections on the Impending Congressional Transportation Actions

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

What about major new infrastructure investments? Undoubtedly, they will be necessary in the longer run because of the need to replace aging facilities and accommodate future growth in population. But major capital expenditures can be—indeed, will have to be —deferred until the recession has ended, the economy has started growing again and the federal budget deficit has been brought under control.

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Gridlock Sam: The Tea Party’s Bridge to Beyond Nowhere

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
It’s so easy to get on the bandwagon: lower my taxes, smaller and more efficient government, don’t touch my liberties, throw the bums out, etc. But what if that bandwagon has to cross a bridge? And what if that bridge hasn’t been maintained in years?

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