Funding & Finance

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Federal, state, and local governments all play a significant role in funding $300 billion in annual transportation spending. The federal government 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 have an equally important task to invest in and operate their transportation networks and rely on a broad range of revenue sources, from general revenues and debt, to fuel taxes, fees, and tolls.

Biden Continues Infrastructure Talks with Senate GOP

President Biden yesterday met with key Republican Senators and had further discussions about possible compromise on an infrastructure...

White House to Release First Biden Budget on May 27

The White House announced today that President Biden's first budget request will be transmitted to Congress on Thursday, May 27. The...

HTF Tax Receipts Dropped 90% in April Due to the IRS Finally Opening Its Mail

Don't panic. Net deposits in the federal Highway Trust Fund dropped by 90 percent in April versus the month before – from March's...

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...

Public transit hopes to win back riders after crushing year

"It's a major upgrade," said Jeff Davis, a senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, who describes the amount of proposed...

FY22 Earmarking Structure Takes Shape

Plans for Congress to bring back earmarked transportation projects this year are proceeding apace in three of the four power structures...

Opinion: Republicans make Biden an infrastructure offer he has to refuse

Republicans are actually proposing to cut public transit funding to levels below the existing baseline, according to calculations...

Apples to apples, the Senate GOP infrastructure proposal is smaller than it appears

Jeff Davis breaks down current federal infrastructure proposals from the Biden administration and the GOP.

Here’s how the GOP infrastructure plan stacks up against Biden’s transportation plans

Jeff Davis examined what Biden and Senate Republicans are proposing to spend on roads, transit, rail, airports and safety programs over...

Senate GOP Infrastructure Bill Is Inclusive Of, Not In Addition To, Ongoing Program Spending

Senate Republicans this week released an outline of a five-year, $568 billion framework for spending on traditional sectors of public...

Senate GOP Prepares Infrastructure Counter-Proposal as Democrats Mull Strategy

President Biden and Transportation Secretary Buttigieg continued outreach to the public and Capitol Hill this week on the...

Buttigieg Defends His First Budget Before House Appropriations

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg went before the House Appropriations Committee this week to defend part of the Biden...

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