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.

Aviation Program Offset Blows Budget Hole in Senate’s COVID-19 Aid Plan

The new CBO baseline will align with the Biden administration’s projection for the aviation program, said Jeff Davis, a...

Administration Again Proposes Unlikely Cuts in Corps Water Resources Budget

The Biden Administration has proposed cutting the regular annual budget for the water resources program of the U.S. Army Corps of...

The FY23 Budget Request: The Big Picture (and the BIL’s 2027 Problem)

President Biden's 2023 budget only proposes de minimis changes in net spending and revenue totals for fiscal 2023 (increasing outlays...

Budget Proposes 14% Non-Defense, 4% Defense Discretionary Appropriations Increases

President Biden's fiscal 2023 budget request went to press before the Office of Management and Budget was finished tallying up the...

Here’s What Biden’s Budget Would Do, and Not Do, for Climate Change

The largest chunk of the $142 billion for transportation would be used to fix roads and bridges — or perhaps build new...

$2.85 Billion Request for CIG in FY23; Allocation Strategy for IIJA Funding Revealed

President Biden's fiscal 2023 budget request, released yesterday, includes a $2.85 billion request for appropriations for the Federal...

What Is A Fuel Tax Holiday And Why It May Help

While a fuel tax holiday seems like a win all around, there are potential fallacies that could erupt for the seemingly...

Transportation Experts Skeptical Of Gas Tax Holiday As Prices Increase

“The public policy can only affect a small piece of it, which is the tax part,” Puentes said. “And so I'm just skeptical that...

FY22 Omnibus Appropriations: The Final Tally

On Monday, March 14, four days after Congress had passed the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2022 and sent it to the President,...

Politicians and Experts Debate Whether Gas Tax Holidays are Worthwhile

Several Democratic U.S. senators are calling to suspend the federal gas tax. Such proposals are not a surprise, says Jeff Davis...

Congress and White House Open the Flow of Public Transportation Funds

Taking into account funding from the infrastructure law and the proposed FY2022 budget, total FTA funding will jump more than...

Just How Bad of an Idea Is a Gas Tax Holiday?

“Since the Trust Fund ran out of money in 2008, instead of raising taxes or cutting spending, Congress has chosen the path of...

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