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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

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

Letters & Testimony

Letter to the House: Oppose H.R. 3370

March 04, 2014

Letter to the House: Oppose H.R. 3370 Today, TCS sent a letter to the House of Representative, urging lawmakers to oppose H.R. 3370 and reject efforts to extend taxpayer flood insurance subsidies.... Read More

Our Take

TCS Analysis of President’s FY2015 Budget

March 04, 2014

TCS Analysis of President’s FY2015 Budget TCS staff will be combing through the President's budget over the next several hours and days.... Read More

Our Take

Breakdown of Rep. Camp’s Tax Reform Proposal

February 26, 2014

Breakdown of Rep. Camp’s Tax Reform Proposal TCS analysis and commentary on the draft tax reform proposal released by Rep. Dave Camp this week. ... Read More

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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

Repair Priorities 2014 Download the full report  State departments of transportation (DOTs) are spending more money building new roads than maintaining... Read More

Reports & Data

TCS Report: Real Savings, Real Deficit Reduction

December 12, 2013

TCS Report: Real Savings, Real Deficit Reduction Relieving Budget Caps with Common Sense Savings in Fiscal Year 2014... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Transportation & Infrastructure

The Road to Budget Gimmicks

July 24, 2014 | US News & World Report

Earlier this month, I wrote about the looming crisis with the Highway Trust Fund in the wake of the Congressional Budget Office announcing... Read More

Bumps Ahead for the Highway Trust Fund

July 02, 2014 | US News & World Report

If you are looking for a looming problem that illustrates Congress’ trouble governing our country, look no further than the Highway Trust... Read More

Highway Funding Runs out of Gas

June 30, 2014 | Other Words

Lawmakers writing the transportation spending bill have a problem. Actually they have 89 billion problems, because that’s how many dollars... Read More

Government-Subsidized Air Service Stymies Private Bus Service

June 23, 2014 | The Heartlander

It seemed simple enough. Just expand. That was the vision Jake Winkler had for his family’s business, Illinois-based Peoria Charter Coach... Read More

Bridges Crumble as Muni Rates at Least Since ’60s Ignored

June 23, 2014 | Bloomberg News

No state is needier than West Virginia when it comes to fixing crumbling highways, airports and water works, with annual repair needs of... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

July 25, 2014

Van Halen Port Policy

Panama! Panama-ah-ah-ah! The lyrics from the eponymous Van Halen song from the 1980s could just as easily be... 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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