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.

Buttigieg Defends FY23 Budget Request before Senate Appropriations

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday to defend the Biden...

Congressional Leaders Open Negotiations on FY23 Spending Total

The leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees met yesterday to begin discussions of an overall total for the twelve...

How Much Could Inflation Erode IIJA Buying Power?

Anyone who goes to a store, a restaurant, or a gas station can see that prices are going up, and most things cost measurably more than...

USDOT Gets FY22 Highway and Transit Formula Funding Increases Out the Door

Twin announcements from the U.S. Department of Transportation in the last week have given state and local governments permission to...

Step-by-Step: How $52.5 Billion in New Highway Formula Funding Becomes $47.1 Billion

When Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act last year, that bipartisan law was built around significant increases...

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...

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