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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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Press Releases

Coalition Releases Report to Make Federal Disaster Policy Better, Cheaper

April 21, 2015

Coalition Releases Report to Make Federal Disaster Policy Better, Cheaper TCS and the SmarterSafer coalition release a report calling for reform of the nation’s disaster policies ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Testimony on Disaster Related Tax Policy for the Senate Committee on Finance

November 19, 2014

Testimony of Steve Ellis Vice President, Taxpayers for Common Sense United States Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Testimony on Flood Insurance for House Committee on Financial Services Hearing

November 19, 2014

Testimony of Steve Ellis Vice President, Taxpayers for Common Sense Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance Committee on Financial... Read More

Press Releases

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database

November 17, 2014

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database New, interactive database identifies environmentally-harmful government waste... Read More

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

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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

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

TCS appearances in the media in Transportation & Infrastructure

Why Is Rand Paul Working with Barbara Boxer on a Hated Transportation Policy?

April 23, 2015 | National Journal

In the middle of an April 7 speech announcing his candidacy for president, Rand Paul dropped an unusually specific bit of policy. "We'll... Read More

Opinion: Key to Salmon Recovery? Demolition

April 09, 2015 | The Journal of the San Juan Islands

The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office recently reported in a Journal article that nearly half of the 15 salmon populations listed under the... Read More

Why FEMA Wants Your State to Stop Ignoring Climate Change

April 02, 2015 | Mother Jones

The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants states to do a better job planning for the natural disasters they are likely to face in a... Read More

Nearly Empty Flights on Taxpayers’ Dime

March 12, 2015 | CBS - Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A controversial air service costs millions in taxpayer money, with nearly empty flights  leaving airports for... Read More

Editorial: Essential Air Service Is Not Really Essential

March 01, 2015 | Loveland Reporter-Herald

Some people are starting to wonder if Essential Air Service really lives up to its name. The $261 million a year program subsidizes daily air... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

April 24, 2015

Bracing for the Fiscal Storm

June marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. While 2014 was a relatively light year for storms,... 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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