Archive for Transportation

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 @ 8:18AM

WSJ on Highway Bill: Hold the GOP Accountable

This morning’s WSJ editorial on yesterday’s highway and transit bailout (see the scorecard) is a must read.  After slamming the bill as “a tribute to budget gimmicks” that “does nothing to address the revenue-spending mismatch that is today’s highway fund,” the editorial offered up some serious GOP accountability: Republicans over the years have proposed a number of […]

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 @ 8:50AM

How States Compensate for Less Federal Transportation Funding

In Kenneth Orski’s latest Innovation Brief, Orski explains what the states have done to buffer themselves from the effects of less transportation funding from the federal government — and it’s not the dire picture being painted by big spenders in Washington:  While transportation stakeholders and the Washington press corps are focusing on the impending Highway Trust Fund shortfall […]

Monday, July 14th, 2014 @ 9:13AM

Highway Trust Fund Q&A

Highway Trust Fund: Questions and Answers Background: In 1956, the federal highway program was created to build a coast-to-coast 42,000-mile network of interstate highways to connect all major cities in the country. To pay for this program the government instituted a “user fee” in the form of a federal gas tax. Once the network was […]

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Saturday, July 12th, 2014 @ 7:00AM

Highway Funding: 700,000 Lost Jobs?

“All told, nearly 700,000 jobs could be at risk next year.” That was President Obama earlier this month, urging Congress to bail out the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF).  He warned failure to act would be the equivalent of Congress laying off the “entire population of Denver, or Seattle, or Boston.” Seriously? A November 2013 […]

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 @ 9:01AM

Pennsylvania, Utah Can Deal with Transportation Cuts

State and local lawmakers have been in crisis mode recently, as D.C. politicians try to figure out how to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent.  But folks in Utah and Pennsylvania have a much less frenzied outlook than their counterparts in other states.   In Utah, federal funds make up only 20 percent of their total transportation budget.  That’s […]

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 @ 1:41PM

Highway Funding: Is 7 Percent a Crisis?

“It’s not socialism…We’re just building roads and bridges.” That was President Obama’s argument today as he urged Congress to bail out the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF).  In a letter sent to states yesterday, Obama’s transportation secretary Anthony Foxx “attempted to provides states with the most equitable, straightforward approach possible for managing this crisis.” What […]

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 @ 1:45PM

Bob Corker Proposes Massive Hike in Gas Tax

What better way to distinguish ourselves from Democrats than to propose a …

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 @ 7:25AM

Madison Project Scores 11 Spending Amendments in Transportation-HUD Bill

Amidst the political turmoil in the House last week, members of Congress …

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014 @ 4:00PM

Another Highway Bailout and How Not to Finance It

On May 30, 2014, House Republican Leaders announced a plan to bail out the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) to the tune of $15 billion, paying for it with savings generated by reforms to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). This proposal is flawed on a number of levels and should be rejected by Congress. Highway […]

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014 @ 4:56PM

Shift Power Back to the States

Anyone who reads the plain language of the Constitution and the writings …