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Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Governance

New GAO Report Finds Issues, Posits Few Solutions

July 26, 2019 – Support for capital investments in public transit is high in the United States. Evidence for this can be found in measures for new investments that voters approve with regularity at the ballot box, the state legislatures raising their own sources for capital projects, and the widespread recognition that boosting ridership requires investment in the right priorities.

Spotlight on Measure M

This week, Eno released an important new paper from UCLA’s Michael Manville about one of the most significant transportation ballot measures in recent years. Los Angeles County voters approved Measure M in November 2016.

Nurturing Our Networks: An Op-Ed

May 21, 2019 – The future of transportation and our role in that future is rapidly changing. Three current forces are converging and helping to shift how we will travel in the future. The expectations and desires of drivers, technological advancements, and funding shortfalls are all pushing us towards major changes in the years ahead.

Senate GOP Budget Assumes Highway User Tax Increase

March 22, 2019 – Senate Budget Committee chairman Mike Enzi today introduced a 2020 budget plan that assumes that Congress will enact somewhere around $85-90 billion in new highway user taxes over five years to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent at baseline funding levels.

Trump to Nominate Former Delta VP to Head FAA

March 21, 2019 – President Trump on March 19 made the long-awaited announcement that he will nominate Stephen Dickson, a longtime pilot and executive with Delta Air Lines, to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.

House Hearing Looks At the Long-Term Future of Aviation

March 21, 2019 – On Tuesday, March 12 the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing on the Future of Aviation touching on a mélange of emerging trends in aviation and aerospace.

The FY20 Budget: Transportation Security

March 20, 2019 – The President’s fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security includes proposals for a small cut in Transportation Security Administration operational funding, a large cut in Coast Guard procurement, and a two-thirds cut in Federal Emergency Management Agency transportation security grants.

Amtrak Requests $141 Million Cut in Its Own Budget

March 21, 2019 – Amtrak sent its fiscal 2020 budget request to Congress yesterday and asked for $141 million less than Congress actually appropriated for fiscal year 2019. The 2020 request of $1.80 billion is the amount authorized by Congress in the FAST Act of 2015, but Congressional appropriations for Amtrak and other railroad programs in 2018 and 2019 have exceeded the authorized amounts significantly.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 25, 2019

Tuesday, March 26 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee hearing on investment in airports (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., HVC-210, Capitol Visitors Center. Tuesday, March 26 – House Appropriations – Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing – subcommittee hearing on budget requests from House members – 11:00 a.m., 2358-A Rayburn.

The FY20 Budget: Highway Trust Fund Assumptions

March 19, 2019 – The details of the President’s budget proposal for fiscal 2020 make it clear that, if the Trump Administration has a plan for long-term fiscal solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, they aren’t presenting it in this budget

The FY20 Budget: Discretionary Appropriation Caps and Proposals

March 19, 2019 – As part of the release of the supporting documentation for the 2020 budget request, the Office of Management and Budget has released the 2020 sequestration preview report which, for the first time, lets Congress know the exact amount of the Budget Control Act caps on discretionary spending for 2020. It also contains the Trump Administration’s plans for getting around those spending caps in 2020 and 2021 and for extending the caps through 2029.

The FY20 Budget: Transportation Tax and Fee Assumptions

March 19, 2019 – In the full fiscal year 2020 federal budget request released this week, the assumptions for the tax receipts of transportation excise taxes over the next decade made by the White House Office of Management and Budget are significantly above the estimates for those taxes made by the Congressional Budget Office. And the Administration once again boosts its overall receipt totals by requesting new transportation user fees that Congress is  unlikely to approve.

Trump FY20 Budget Calls for Trillion-Dollar Deficits Through FY24

March 13, 2019 – The outline of President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request, released this week, calls for unified federal deficits exceeding $1 trillion in each of fiscal years 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 before finally dipping below ten figures in 2024.

FY20 Budget Again Calls to Cut Water Infrastructure Funding by One-Third

March 14, 2019 – The few documents made available this week describing President Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2020 show that the President is proposing to cut Corps of Engineers water infrastructure funding by 30 percent and cut the water infrastructure grant and loan programs of the Environmental Protection Agency by 33 percent.

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