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Congress faces a challenge in providing enough funding to keep the nation’s transportation system in good repair in a manner that preserves the “user-pays” principle. The current gasoline tax does not generate enough revenue to meet lawmakers’ transportation spending desires, however. ...More

In recent years, Congress has used several general Treasury fund transfers to cover the revenue shortfall, thereby undermining the user-pays principle. Lawmakers have failed to rid the transportation system of unnecessary programs, such as the Essential Air Service, a relic of airline deregulation that subsidizes air travel to and from rural airports. Congress uses budgetary gimmicks to avoid difficult choices. In the most recent transportation bill 10 years of revenues from tax code changes were used to cover just two years of transportation spending. This irresponsible approach to transportation policy is pushing the Highway Trust Fund as well as the Inland Waterways Trust Fund toward insolvency.

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Letters & Testimony

“Wasteful Spending in the Federal Government: An Outside Perspective”

June 12, 2015

“Wasteful Spending in the Federal Government: An Outside Perspective” Testimony of Steve Ellis... Read More

Our Take

House Passes FY2016 Energy and Water Spending Bill

May 04, 2015

House Passes FY2016 Energy and Water Spending Bill After being introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday, April 27 and a week of segmented debate, the fiscal year (FY)... Read More

Press Releases

Coalition Releases Report to Make Federal Disaster Policy Better, Cheaper

April 21, 2015

Coalition Releases Report to Make Federal Disaster Policy Better, Cheaper TCS and the SmarterSafer coalition release a report calling for reform of the nation’s disaster policies ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Testimony on Disaster Related Tax Policy for the Senate Committee on Finance

November 19, 2014

Testimony of Steve Ellis Vice President, Taxpayers for Common Sense United States Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Testimony on Flood Insurance for House Committee on Financial Services Hearing

November 19, 2014

Testimony of Steve Ellis Vice President, Taxpayers for Common Sense Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance Committee on Financial... Read More

Press Releases

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database

November 17, 2014

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database New, interactive database identifies environmentally-harmful government waste... Read More

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Reports & Data

How To Reform U.S. Disaster Policy To Prepare For A Riskier Future

April 21, 2015

Taxpayers for Common Sense joined fellow fiscal groups, consumer advocates, environmental organizations, and insurance interests in the... Read More

Reports & Data

Superstorm Sandy Spending Report, Two Years Later

October 28, 2014

Wednesday, October 29th marked the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the east coast and provided another opportunity to examine... Read More

Policy Briefs

Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014: Commentary and Analysis

May 19, 2014

The Conference report on H.R. 3080 is a missed opportunity to reform management of our nation’s infrastructure in a fiscally responsible... Read More

Fact Sheets

The Federal Highway Trust Fund: Past, Present, and Future

May 16, 2014

Every driver that purchases fuel pays an excise tax of 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline or 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel. Proceeds... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Transportation & Infrastructure

The Katrina disaster that hasn’t ended

August 27, 2015 | Politico

New Orleans is rebuilding, but the real destructive force involves Congress and the Army Corps of Engineers—and it's nowhere near fixed. ... Read More

Taxpayers float bill for defective first responder equipment

August 20, 2015 | The Washington Times

Emergency workers still stuck with pre-9/11 connectivity... Read More

The Transportation Bill

August 04, 2015 | Capital Insider

WASHINGTON — Congress has passed the 33rd extension of the transportation program, kicking the can down the road for another three months.... Read More

Pennsylvania taxpayers funding nearly empty $29 commercial flights daily

July 29, 2015 | WTAE Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH —A federal program that enables $29 commercial flights from Pittsburgh on almost empty planes every day is being funded by... Read More

Transportation Department at risk of defaulting on debt, doesn’t even know how much it owes

July 16, 2015 | The Washington Times

The Dept. of Transportation has fallen dangerously behind on its debt collection.... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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August 28, 2015

Hurricane Katrina: Policy Lessons Still Not Heeded

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina and its impact on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast staggered the nation. A major... Read More

20th Anniversary Celebration

The President’s Budget for FY2015

The President's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is out. Get the facts and see our analysis.

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Essential Air Service

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