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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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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

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

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

Statements

Statement by Steve Ellis S.1926, the Menendez-Isakson flood insurance bill

January 30, 2014

Statement by Steve Ellis S.1926, the Menendez-Isakson flood insurance bill Today, the Senate voted 67-32 to delay risk-based rate increases, effectively forcing taxpayers to waste at least another $1 billion on the federal flood insurance program...... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Letter to Senate: Oppose S. 1846; Support Toomey Amendment

January 28, 2014

TCS Letter to Senate: Oppose S. 1846; Support Toomey Amendment Earlier today, TCS sent a letter to the office of every senator, urging legislators to oppose S.1846, a bill that would roll back crucial... Read More

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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

Policy Briefs

House 2013 Water Resources Development Act: Commentary and Analysis

October 21, 2013

House 2013 Water Resources Development Act: Commentary and Analysis H.R. 3080 represents an abdication of responsibility of Congress to reform management of our nation’s infrastructure in a fiscally... Read More

Policy Briefs

Analysis of Selected Sections of S. 601, Water Resources Development Act of 2013

October 01, 2013

Analysis of Selected Sections of S. 601, Water Resources Development Act of 2013 The Senate's Environment and Public Works committee is taking up a water project bill that could cost taxpayers billions.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Transportation & Infrastructure

Are general aviation airports economically feasible?

March 31, 2014 | LimaOhio.com

LIMA — Area airport managers and an economic development director espouse the importance of general aviation airports, but one national... Read More

D.C. stifled local Army Corps’ call to deepen port

March 27, 2014 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WASHINGTON --- The Army Corps of Engineers' local office in Savannah ruled that the Obama administration should immediately approve the... Read More

The Super Activist That Sandy Made

March 25, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal

TOMS RIVER, N.J.—With coils dangling overhead and tools scattered at his side, George Kasimos spent a recent evening chain-smoking... Read More

State ranks low in road-repair spending

March 24, 2014 | The Free Lance Star

ROAD CONSTRUCTION and repair are very expensive enterprises, and it’s a tough balancing act to divvy out money to both. It’s especially... Read More

Ohio Roadways Getting Worse Report Says

March 21, 2014 | Dayton Business Journal

Like much of the nation, Ohio's roadways are worsening, according to a new report, advocating more road improvements. In 2008, 62 percent... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

March 14, 2014

Pocketful of Promises

No matter how hard lawmakers try to close their eyes, click their heels, and hope for the best, there are no... 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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