Issue / Fuel tax

Looking Back – When Amtrak Almost Got its Own Trust Fund in 1997

The discussion in this week’s House high-speed rail hearing of a possible federal trust fund to support Amtrak capital expenditures...

Senate Hearing Kicks Tires on Federal Mileage Fee

A Senate hearing on April 14 wound up focusing on what needs to happen next in order to begin the transition from a system that...

A gas tax? A mileage tax? Biden wary of user fees to pay for roads, bridges and highways

Eno's Jeff Davis suggests that if the government isn’t willing to increase taxes on highway users, it should reduce spending from the...

What’s Doable If Democrats Go It Alone on Infrastructure

Congress could tweak the rate of the motor fuels tax -- the main source of money for the Highway Trust Fund -- under reconciliation...

How Imbalanced Will Another Large Bailout Make the Highway Trust Fund?

With Democrats holding the White House and both chambers of Congress, a clear appetite exists for significantly increased funding on...

New Census Data Shows State/Local Revenue Loss from COVID Uneven and Less than Anticipated

New data from the Census Bureau released last week shows that the aggregate state and local tax revenue losses this year from COVID and...

Final Highway Trust Fund Tax Receipts Were Robust in FY 2020 – Suspiciously So

The books have closed on federal fiscal year 2020, which ended on September 30, and despite coronavirus and its effects on travel and...

Gasoline Production Plateau Continues at 10 percent Below 2019

Data from the Energy Department through the end of September continue to support the hypothesis that, post-lockdowns, U.S. gasoline...

Administration Befuddles Congress With Highway Trust Fund Revenue Estimates

As legislators and Congressional staff negotiate the parameters of what increasingly looks like a one-year extension of the FAST Act,...

Record of Briefing State Governors on Revised Eisenhower Highway Plan – November 3, 1955

This PDF file is a one-page memo to Treasury Secretary George Humphrey from Dan Throop Smith, head of tax analysis at Treasury, dated...

October 28, 1955 Cabinet Meeting on Highways

This PDF file contains documents relating to the October 28, 1955 Cabinet meeting. This was another meeting conducted in the absence of...

December 1955 Revised Eisenhower Highway Plan

This PDF file contains three documents, in order: A December 8, 1955 memo to Treasury Secretary George Humphrey from Dan Throop...

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