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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 VP Testifies at House Hearing on Water Settlements

May 24, 2016

TCS VP Testifies at House Hearing on Water Settlements Today, Vice President of Taxpayers for Common Sense, Steve Ellis, is at the House Committee on Natural Resources testifying on a deal... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Urges the House to Support Flood Insurance Bill

April 26, 2016

TCS Urges the House to Support Flood Insurance Bill On Tuesday, TCS sent a letter to the House of Representatives voicing its strong support for H.R. 2901 - the Flood Insurance Market Parity and... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to House: “National Catastrophe Fund” Would Be Financially Catastrophic

April 21, 2016

Letter to House: “National Catastrophe Fund” Would Be Financially Catastrophic On Thursday, Taxpayers for Common Sense and six other oganizations sent a letter to the House of Representatives voicing the coalition's... Read More

Our Take

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

Letters & Testimony

TCS Testimony on National Flood Insurance Reform

January 12, 2016

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

December 16, 2015

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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Reports & Data

Disaster Spending Data Resources

January 28, 2016

To increase transparency and facilitate oversight of disaster-related relief spending, TCS has collected all, or most, of the publicly... Read More

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

TCS appearances in the media in Transportation & Infrastructure

Senate OKs water projects including Fort Worth’s Trinity River Vision

September 15, 2016 | McClatchyDC

The Senate overwhelmingly approved by 95-3 a comprehensive $9 billion water projects bill Thursday that includes over $500 million for a flood... Read More

Water bill includes money for Everglades

September 08, 2016 | TC Palm

WASHINGTON — The senator shepherding a massive water projects bill through Congress cited Florida's algae crisis on Thursday as an example of... Read More

Bumpy Ride for Bus Operators Seeking Airport Access

August 24, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA

Aug. 23 — After years of dropping off bus passengers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and developing what it considered an amicable... Read More

FEMA seeks to move construction away from flood zones

August 22, 2016 | Charleston Gazette-Mail

Obama administration emergency managers are proposing to toughen the requirements for federally funded construction projects to try to make... Read More

Fed Funding for Trinity River Project Not a Done Deal

August 10, 2016 |

It came as a surprise to Steve Ellis to hear that U.S. Rep. Kay Granger stood on the precipice of a $525 million federal score for her... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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September 09, 2016

Water Bill Wastes Billions

Taxpayer alert: Be prepared to shell out some more cash for big water projects, courtesy of the U.S. Senate. A... Read More

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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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Learning Lessons from Tax Reform

September 23, 2016

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Reform the Tax Code

September 22, 2016

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ChIMPS in the Budget

September 16, 2016