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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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Harvey, Flood Insurance, and Sandy/Disaster Funding

September 01, 2017

Harvey, Flood Insurance, and Sandy/Disaster Funding From our inception, Taxpayers for Common Sense has worked on the National Flood Insurance Program and disaster spending issues. Hurricane... Read More

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Repealing Flood Standard Today Will Cost Taxpayers Dearly Tomorrow

August 15, 2017

Repealing Flood Standard Today Will Cost Taxpayers Dearly Tomorrow We’re seeing reports that all or part of the Federal Floodplain Risk Management Standard (FFRMS - Executive Order 13690) will be repealed... Read More

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“Flood Insurance Reform: A Taxpayer’s Perspective,” Steve Ellis testifies

June 08, 2017

“Flood Insurance Reform: A Taxpayer’s Perspective,” Steve Ellis testifies Earlier this week, TCS VP Steve Ellis testified to the House Financial Services Committee ... Read More

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TCS Call for Federal Flood Insurance Reform at Senate Hearing on Reauthorizing the NFIP

May 05, 2017

TCS Call for Federal Flood Insurance Reform at Senate Hearing on Reauthorizing the NFIP On May 4th, TCS Vice-President Steve Ellis testified to the Senate Committee on Banking, House, and Urban Affairs at a hearing on the... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to the White House Opposing the Repeal of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

March 22, 2017

Letter to the White House Opposing the Repeal of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Earlier, TCS joined a coalition in sending the following letter to the National Economic Council at the White House opposing the repeal of... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Senate: S. 612 (WIIN) is a Loss for Taxpayers

December 08, 2016

Letter to Senate: S. 612 (WIIN) is a Loss for Taxpayers Taxpayers for Common Sense and the National Taxpayers Union sent the following letter to the Senate Wednesday afternoon asking lawmakers to... Read More

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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

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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

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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

Rebuilding in Florida’s Keys, at what cost?

September 21, 2017 | CBS News

Like pioneers in a wagon train, a long line of homeowners has crossed the bridges back down to the Florida Keys, determined to reclaim their... Read More

Will Rebuilding After Harvey and Irma Make More Flooding Inevitable?

September 13, 2017 | The New Yorker

The aim of the National Flood Insurance Program, which was created by Congress, in 1968, in the aftermath of Hurricane Betsy, is to provide... Read More

Spending Battles Are Likely Still Brewing Despite Bipartisan Agreement on Hurricane Aid

September 12, 2017 | Governemnt Executive

The bill President Trump signed on Friday providing $15.25 billion for hurricane relief efforts was at best a down payment. Damages from... Read More

National Flood Insurance Program Extended Until Dec. 8

September 12, 2017 | Insurance Journal

President Donald Trump last Friday signed legislation reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program until Dec. 8, 2017, which buys more... Read More

America needs a more realistic and sustainable approach to disaster aid

September 11, 2017 | Orlando Sentinel

While Hurricane Irma was barreling through the Caribbean this past week and bearing down on Florida, the balance in the Federal Emergency... Read More

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September 08, 2017

Time To Rethink Disaster Relief And Related Spending

Nearly $15 billion in disaster assistance is likely to clear Congress this week. But with Hurricane Irma... Read More

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