Issue / Federal Funding

Federal, state, and local governments all play a significant role in funding $300 billion in annual transportation spending. The federal government, which funds about a third of the system, supplies important capital funding for highways, transit systems, airports, waterways, and ports while also operating the nation’s air traffic control system. State and local governments augment federal spending with their own to invest in and operate their transportation networks. Federal transportation law dictates how and where transportation is spent. Local funding and finance rely on a broad range of revenue sources, from ballot box measures to tolling and VMT fees.

1955 Democratic National Committee Opposition Research Memo on the Clay Commission Highway Plan

July 20, 2015 Today’s legislators often speak of the Eisenhower era as an almost magical time when selfless Congressmen and Senators...

New HTF Extension To Dec. 18 Introduced in House

July 14, 2015 At 7:43 p.m. last night, House leaders introduced a new bill extending Highway Trust Fund programs – the...

The State of Transportation Funding: A Realistic Examination of Pseudo-Federalism

In a recent article published in Innovation NewsBrief entitled “A Conservative Vision for the Future of the Highway Trust Fund,”...

Follow Reagan’s Example, and Fill Up America’s Highway Fund

July 10, 2015 With the Highway Trust Fund set to expire three weeks from today on July 31, 2015, the Washington Post has published an...

EPW Committee Approves DRIVE Act

June 24, 2015 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has approved S. 1647, a six-year highway funding authorization bill,...

1982 White House Gas Tax Decision Memoranda

June 9, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is part of the supporting documents released alongside Eno's report issued two...

1961 HHFA Recommended Urban Planning Draft Legislation

June 3, 2015 The Kennedy Administration, brief though it was, saw some significant developments in trying to develop a coherent...

Imploring Senate Committee to Guarantee Stable Funding, Not Just Address FAA Structure

On May 19, I testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee at its hearing on Federal Aviation...

A Bold Call for Major Change to Correct an Unacceptable Funding Problem

The United States and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are considered the gold standard for aviation across the globe. Our...

House’s FY 2016 USDOT Appropriations Bill Cuts Discretionary Spending, Freezes Major HTF Accounts; Bans Some Cuba Travel

April 28, 2015 The House Appropriations Committee released the full text of the proposed Transportation-Housing appropriations bill...

Talking Transportation Dollars and Sense: The Future of Funding

Nossaman transportation policy expert Edward Kussy and rail veteran Kevin Sheys assess the relative merits of the federal...

Volatile Revenues For Transportation Trust Funds: A Cautionary Tale

(Ed. Note: ETW was researching efforts to provide a permanent, dedicated funding stream for federal mass transit programs in the 96th...

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