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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

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

Letters & Testimony

Too Little Reform, Too Much Waste: Oppose Water Resources reform and Development Act

May 20, 2014

Too Little Reform, Too Much Waste: Oppose Water Resources reform and Development Act TCS sent a letter to the House and Senate urging opposition to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 because it contains too little reform and too much waste.... Read More

Statements

TCS Statement on passage of highway bill by Senate EPW Committee

May 15, 2014

TCS Statement on passage of highway bill by Senate EPW Committee Below is TCS President Ryan Alexander's statement on the Senate EPW passage of the highway authorization bill today. Also, the WRDA... Read More

Press Releases

Backlog of Roadway Repairs Threatens State Transportation Budgets Nationwide

March 12, 2014

Backlog of Roadway Repairs Threatens State Transportation Budgets Nationwide New national report examines how much states are spending on new roadways versus investing in repairs.... Read More

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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

Reports & Data

Repair Priorities 2014

March 12, 2014

Download the full report  State departments of transportation (DOTs) are spending more money building new roads than maintaining... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Transportation & Infrastructure

House Subcommittee Renews Call for Private Flood Insurance

November 24, 2014 | Insurance Journal

A House Financial Services subcommittee scheduled a hearing for today to focus attention on encouraging flood insurance sold by private... Read More

Revisiting disaster relief

October 30, 2014 | WJLA News 7

Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy and a majority of the $60 billion in recovery funds have not been spent. While Congress was quick to... Read More

As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost

October 30, 2014 | National Public Radio

Imagine Manhattan under almost 300 feet of water. Not water from a hurricane or a tsunami, but purified drinking water — 2.1 trillion gallons... Read More

New Fiscal Year Resolutions

October 02, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

Oct. 1 is the start of federal fiscal year 2015, and like all New Year's days, today offers a chance to reflect on the past year and look to... Read More

Poll: Americans support highways but not paying more for them

August 06, 2014 | Washington Post

When members of Congress climbed into trains, planes and automobiles for a five-week hiatus from Washington last week, one phrase probably... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

October 24, 2014

Sandy Anniversary: Still Money to Spend, Will It Be Spent Right?

Wednesday, October 29th will mark the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the east coast. Last year... Read More

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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