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Articles by Jeff Davis
Freight, Maritime, ports
House Hearing Pushes Case For Unlocking Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

April 12, 2019 – An April 10 hearing before the the House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee discussed waterborne transportation and appeared designed to make the case for legislation unlocking $9.3 billion in past collections for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund – legislation that seems very likely to be included in the forthcoming infrastructure initiative from House Democrats.

FY20, Highway Trust Fund, transit
FY20 Transit Apportionments Face Automatic 12 Percent Cut

April 11, 2019 – Yesterday, the Treasury Department announced that the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund has failed its forward-looking solvency test for fiscal year 2020. As a result, unless Congress passes new legislation fixing the problem, apportionments of FY 2020 mass transit formula funding to transit agencies will be reduced by around 12 percent from the levels provided by the FAST Act.

HMTF
Disaster Relief Bill With HMTF Fix Delayed

April 5, 2019 – A provision taking future Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund taxes and spending effectively “off-budget” has been delayed as the larger disaster relief appropriations bill in which it appears has been bogged down in a partisan dispute over funding for Puerto Rico. 

Highway Trust Fund, Highways
Texas Reignites Donor State Debate

April 5, 2019 – Texas tried to revive the old “donor state vs. donee state” highway funding debate last week. A March 26 letter to Congressional leaders from the Texas delegation complained that “Texas only receives 95 cents back for every dollar it sent to Washington in federal fuel taxes” and asked for a “fair, equitable and logical approach” to highway funding distribution formulas in the next surface transportation reauthorization bill.

Budget, FY20
House, Senate Committees Approve FY20 Budget Plans

April 5, 2019 – The House and Senate Budget Committees have now approved vastly different spending plans for fiscal year 2020. While the House plan is headed for a vote by the full chamber next week, the Senate blueprint may have gone as far as it will ever go.

Air traffic control, Aviation, Federal budget, Federal funding, Federal governance, Governance
Separate ATC from FAA, or Take the Trust Fund Off-Budget? A Debate Over Three Decades

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” — The Bible “All this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.” — Battlestar Galactica The skyrocketing deficits of the mid-1980s led Congress to enact the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings law in 1985, which […]

Appropriations, Federal governance, Fuel tax, Governance, Highway Trust Fund, Highways
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.

Aviation, Federal governance, Governance
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.

Aircraft, Airports, Amtrak, Appropriations, Aviation, Aviation safety/security, Federal budget, Federal funding, Federal governance, Governance, Homeland security, ports, Public transit, Rail, Railroads, Unmanned aerial systems
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, Federal budget, Federal funding, Federal governance, Governance, Rail, Railroads
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.

Airports, Aviation, Federal budget, Federal governance, Governance, Homeland security, Maritime, ports
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.

Airports, Appropriations, Aviation, Bridges, Buses, Federal budget, Federal funding, Federal governance, Governance, Highways, Maritime, Rail, Railroads
The FY20 Budget: USDOT Competitive Grant Programs

March 20, 2019 – What a difference a year makes. In 2019, the Trump Administration requested zero new funding for discretionary grant programs. In 2020, they are requesting $4 billion.

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