Update on Transportation Bill – Drastic Changes Proposed03-Feb-2012
The Ways and Means Committee proposes drastic changes by eliminating the use of motor fuel tax revenues for public transportation, revenues that have been dedicated to public transportation for nearly 30 years. These revenues, which currently go to public transportation, will generate $25 billion in funding over the 5 year life of the bill, and would support nearly half of the authorized funding for public transportation. This legislation would eliminate the use of the Mass Transit Account’s motor fuel revenue for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 for public transportation. The bill eliminates the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund and creates the new Alternative Transportation Account that would provide funding for public transportation, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Control (CMAQ) program, and several other programs. Dedicated funding for the new account has not yet been identified.
CTAI strongly opposes this proposal. This reallocation of funds would eliminate a dependable and predictable source of funding for much needed investment in Idaho’s and the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
The Ways and Means mark-up is scheduled for 9am on Friday February 3, 2012. CTAI requested support from members, partners, and I’m 4 CTAI supporters in writing Congressmen Simpson and Labrador and urging them to leave fuel tax revenues untouched.