Funding & Finance

Issues & Modes / Funding & Finance

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.

Follow Reagan’s Example, and Fill Up America’s Highway Fund

July 10, 2015 With the Highway Trust Fund set to expire three weeks from today on July 31, 2015, the Washington Post has published an...

EPW Committee Approves DRIVE Act

June 24, 2015 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has approved S. 1647, a six-year highway funding authorization bill,...

1982 White House Gas Tax Decision Memoranda

June 9, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is part of the supporting documents released alongside Eno's report issued two...

1961 HHFA Recommended Urban Planning Draft Legislation

June 3, 2015 The Kennedy Administration, brief though it was, saw some significant developments in trying to develop a coherent...

Senate Passes Two-Month HTF Extension at 1:40 a.m.

May 23, 2015 At 1:40 a.m. this morning, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 2353, the two-month extension of Highway Trust Fund spending...

Imploring Senate Committee to Guarantee Stable Funding, Not Just Address FAA Structure

On May 19, I testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee at its hearing on Federal Aviation...

A Bold Call for Major Change to Correct an Unacceptable Funding Problem

The United States and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are considered the gold standard for aviation across the globe. Our...

Two-Month HTF Extension Goes Before House Tomorrow

May 18, 2015 The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today on H.R. 2353, a two-month, $8.4 billion extension of...

House To Move Two-Month HTF Extension

May 15, 2015 House leaders have decided to move a two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund contract authority and expenditure...

1993 Robert Rubin Memo to President Clinton on Energy Taxes

May 1, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is a memo sent to President Clinton on February 5, 1993 by his chief economic...

House’s FY 2016 USDOT Appropriations Bill Cuts Discretionary Spending, Freezes Major HTF Accounts; Bans Some Cuba Travel

April 28, 2015 The House Appropriations Committee released the full text of the proposed Transportation-Housing appropriations bill...

Talking Transportation Dollars and Sense: The Future of Funding

Nossaman transportation policy expert Edward Kussy and rail veteran Kevin Sheys assess the relative merits of the federal...

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