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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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The President’s FY2017 Budget - TCS Analysis

February 08, 2016

The President’s FY2017 Budget - TCS Analysis Ongoing analysis of President Obama's final budget request for FY 2017 and insight into what it all means for taxpayers.... Read More

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TCS Testimony on National Flood Insurance Reform

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TCS Testimony on National Flood Insurance Reform Today, TCS Vice President Steve Ellis testified at a House Financial Services hearing on “How to Create a More Robust and Private Flood Insurance Marketplace.”... Read More

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FY2016 Taxibus - TCS Analysis Blog

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FY2016 Taxibus - TCS Analysis Blog Ongoing analysis of the FY2016 Taxibus - the tax extenders and omnibus appropriations package recently released by Congress...... Read More

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New Report: States Unprepared for Future Extreme Weather Events

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New Report: States Unprepared for Future Extreme Weather Events   Press Release     National Summary On Wednesday, a new report was released... Read More

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

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House Passes FY2016 Energy and Water Spending Bill

May 04, 2015

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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

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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

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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

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U.S. Opens Spigot for Lock-and-Dam Fixes, Even as Coal Traffic Dwindles

February 05, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal

CHARLEROI, Pa.—A few years ago, coal barges lined up 20 or 30 deep, waiting their turn for a towboat to shuttle them through the locks near... Read More

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December 02, 2015 | Insurance Journal

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November 19, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

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Why Federal Funds Pay for Empty Flights Out of Maryland, Virginia

November 17, 2015 | NBC4 - Washington

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Congress Poised for Rare Success, Dodges Gas Tax Hike to Pay for Roads

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Essential Air Service

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