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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

“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

Letters & Testimony

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

Letters & Testimony

TCS to House: Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 5303) Is Not Worth Your Vote

September 27, 2016

TCS to House: Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 5303) Is Not Worth Your Vote On Tuesday, Taxpayers for Common Sense and National Taxpayers Union urged members of the House to vote down H.R.5303... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Remove Wasteful Provisions from S. 2848 Water Resources Development Act of 2016

September 08, 2016

Remove Wasteful Provisions from S. 2848 Water Resources Development Act of 2016 TCS sent a letter along with analysis of the WRDA bill, highlighting wasteful provisions. ... 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

Wicker urges Congress to increase number of Navy ships

July 06, 2017 | The Clarion-Ledger

WASHINGTON — With increasing threats around the world, including China and Russia, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said the U.S. should... Read More

Will Private Insurers Rescue Leaking Flood Insurance Program – or Drown it?

June 12, 2017 | CBS News

Privatizing federal programs is a mantra of President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress. The National Flood Insurance Program... Read More

Trump To Talk Infrastructure In Ohio Valley, Where Investment Is Badly Needed

June 09, 2017 | Resource

With a speech planned for Cincinnati’s Ohio River waterfront, President Donald Trump has chosen a fitting venue to talk about infrastructure... Read More

GOP Leaders on Flood Insurance Bill See Bipartisan Measure

June 08, 2017 | Roll Call

Both Democrats and Republicans cited concern about hurting low-income homeowners in legislation that would reauthorize the National Flood... Read More

How Trump Can Succeed on Infrastructure

June 07, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

7 principles the president should use when he makes his push to improve America's infrastructure.... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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July 21, 2017

Flood Insurance Needs More Common Sense

You’d think that if the notoriously partisan House of Representatives could come together and pass... Read More

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The President’s Budget for FY2018

The President's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 is out. Get the facts and see our analysis.

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Essential Air Service

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