Transportation & InfrastructureTransportation & Infrastructure

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

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

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

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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

Urge Representatives to Reform Flood Insurance Program

November 17, 2016 | The Des Moines Register

The Nov. 7 editorial "All Iowans should have flood insurance option” highlighted the need for more Iowans to obtain flood coverage through the... Read More

OPINION | Fix flood insurance before NYC gets hit with another storm

November 03, 2016 | Crain's New York Business

With the federal program drowning in debt, Congress should welcome private insurers.         (Steve Ellis is the VP of... Read More

Steve Ellis: Hurricane Matthew spotlights need for flood insurance reform

October 30, 2016 | The Fayettville Observer

Hurricane Matthew is the latest warning that unless Congress reforms the broken federal flood insurance program, it could be bankrupt when... Read More

Steve Ellis: Hurricane Matthew spotlights need for federal flood insurance reform

October 22, 2016 | Savannah Now

Hurricane Matthew is the latest warning that unless Congress reforms the broken federal flood insurance program, it could be bankrupt when the... Read More

Steve Ellis Appears on The Weather Channel to Talk Flood Insurance

October 20, 2016 | The Weather Channel

On October 20th, Steve Ellis (Vice President of TCS) appeared on The Weather Channel to talk about flood insurance in the aftermath of... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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October 14, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Impacts

All the noise swirling around the 2016 elections has helped obscure a real life disaster. Hurricane Matthew... 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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