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.

Overview of Final FY 2015 USDOT Appropriations

December 9, 2014 – 9:05 p.m. Initial overview.  The omnibus package will take the form of a House amendment to the Senate...

Omnibus Appropriations Delayed For Non-Appropriations Reasons

December 9, 2014 – 9:45 A.M. Delays in negotiating non-appropriations provisions of the final omnibus appropriations measure for...

Update – The Week Ahead

December 8, 2014 – 7:30 a.m. This is the last scheduled week of session for the 113th Congress, and Congressional leaders have a...

How To Get A Transportation User Tax Increase Through the House of Representatives

December 4, 2014 Many observers of transportation debates have long wondered: how do we get a user tax increase through an anti-tax...

Congress Returns For Hectic Final Session

December 2, 2014 – 11:00 A.M. As Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess to face what is supposed to be the last two weeks...

Matching Expectation of the Public and Private Sectors in a Public-Private Partnership for th ePublic Sector

BY DAVID BAXTER Director, Institute for Public Private Partnerships SETH W. MILLER GABRIEL P3 Advisor, Institute for Public...

Myths Surrounding Devolution of Federal Transportation Programs

As the lame-duck session of Congress approaches, there is nascent optimism within the transportation community that perhaps this could...

The Highway Trust Fund Under TEA21, SAFETEA-LU and MAP-21

November 20, 2014 The following chart shows Highway Trust Fund annual new spending obligation authority granted by Congress...

Congressional Leadership & Committee Elections Begin

November 20, 2014 Members-elect of the upcoming 114th Congress have begun electing party leaders and selecting committee...

Backlash Against President’s Immigration Actions Threatens to Blow Up FY15 Omnibus

November 20, 2014 The staffs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have been working diligently for the last two weeks...

GAO Report Breaks Down FHWA Spending By Improvement Type

November 10, 2014 On October 9, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report requested by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)...

Tax Reform/Transportation Connection Mentioned Again

November 10, 2014 At his news conference on November 5, President Obama made it a point to single out infrastructure as a possible...

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