Skip to comments.Obama Administration Plans To Dramatically Alter Transportation Funding For States
Posted on 07/02/2014 9:59:19 PM PDT by Rusty0604
Starting in August, the Obama administration will dramatically revamp and cut back the formula it uses to send transportation funds to the states unless Congress replenishes the Highway Trust Fund
The Department of Transportation (DOT) predicts that the fund, which has traditionally drawn its revenue from the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, will be depleted by late August .
The agency will use a previously-established formula to calculate the percentage of remaining funds that each state will receive, with new revenues coming in every two weeks as money from the gas tax comes into the fund.
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let this happen.
About 3 weeks after the pay-as-you-go measure is in place, the flushing out of agencies that used the Fed Highway fund as a slush fund will begin, as they start crying about their budgets.
I can’t wait to find out who was dipping in the ice cream....
And I bet all the choo-choo boondoggles and bike paths will get full funding.
Again, can he do that?
And a handful of swing states will receive twice as much as the blue and red states combined.
...and don’t forget one of LIBs’ loves: urban mass transportation.
I’m on the road a lot. If Barry cuts off the money, how will I be able to keep my orange barrel and cones slalom skill sharp? I was looking towards entering the 2016 Olympics?
My state (Washington) has a particularly corrupt transportation division. They won’t spend a dime on anything except mass transit boondoggles. I’d love to see them go belly up.
Maybe, but Democrats like to make people suffer, then tell them if they would just vote for them everything will get better.
Beloved because it brings suburban victims to muggers, and thugs to the suburbs.
Fine with me. States can prioritize what is more important to them, and if they want extra, can pay for it themselves. While it might sound bad to lose the money, the federal government has used the highway funds to force the states into supporting things they probably wouldn’t otherwise (55 speed limit). When the funding drops, so does the ability to use it as a weapon.
Count on it. Something very much along those lines.
Where exactly does all the money collected every single day in gas taxes go?
Good...am tired of seeing 10 Caltrans employees standing around while the 11th is in a ditch digging.
Now you know why they sew their front pockets on upside down. A lot easier to lean on their shovels.
Defund the executive branch. These lunatics need to be stopped.
Labor unions, environmental studies, to name a few.
Really? I'm trying to think of what "mass transit boondoggles" we've experienced over here in eastern Washington.
......in August, the Obama administration will dramatically revamp and cut back the formula it uses to send transportation funds to the states unless Congress replenishes the Highway Trust Fund”.....
Chicago Mafia style politics continue. He’s attempting now to let states know he holds the purse.
...”Again, can he do that?”....
The real question is who or what is going to stop him?
STFU and quit asking questions, peasant - or Koskinen will sic his agency on you.
CA high speed rail comes to mind.
The only one I can think of is the I-90 renovations near Lake Keechelus that have been ongoing for 20+ years.
I hear they built some nice bike paths and a few other things out of the “Trust” fund money in that same area, though, so I guess that's just as good as actually finishing the Interstate Highway System that was begun under Eisenhower, huh?
This is a good thing. States will never give up money voluntarily. We need our states to be sovereign and self-sufficient. First, transportation funding. Next, education. Get the Feds out of our bidniss.
Olympia has been pissing away money for years to fund studies to extend light rail into Vancouver from Portland, and eventually south to Progressive CaliUtopia.
Meanwhile, it's a daily two hour trip to get across the Columbia, on one of the two bridges, rather than building that third bridge to Hillsboro...
You are correct, no more threats from the feds to withhold the funds... if the funds aren’t there to begin with.
Hes attempting now to let states know he holds the purse.
That’s been a major failing of his all along. He doesn’t realize that it’s the House that controls the purse.
IF the Pubs can win the Senate, they should begin defunding portions of a lot of the “extra” agencies in the Exec and eliminating others not Constitutionally provided for, like the DoEduc, EPA, NLRB, etc.
Don't leave our well managed ferry boat fleet.
This question needs to be pursued with tenacity concerning EVERY single Feral agency. It’s time to cut up the credit card!
I live in Louisiana, nothing’s gonna change. Whats worse is I see Louisiana road crews working in Texas.
Oh to be a Governor of a state, I can see a future road project in front of every Federal building in my state. So we had the money to start the project, then the funds just disappeared.
“......Democrats like to make people suffer, then tell them if they would just vote for them everything will get better.”.....
There is more truth than fiction in that statement.
Its not like the funds were actually being spent to fix roads or build them or maintain them.
If we’ve been paying taxes on gas for years, where has the money gone? All these “funds” need audited.
He is operating outside the system, with the collaboration of a significant majority of Senators and a large minority (perhaps a narrow majority) in the House.
The mechanisms to contain him have failed, and continue to fail.
When Al Gore's law team appealed to the General Will in Florida 2000, announcing that simple arithmetical counting of votes no longer conferred legitimacy, this day became inevitable.
Only those sworn to uphold and to protect the Constitution against domestic enemies can act now, and if and when they do, it's going to be a great big bloody mess.
God help us.
Finally something Zero threatens to do and I agree with
Train stations and bycicle paths as well as mass transit projects.
The original intent was for the taxes to be spent on road repairs and upgrades but politicians in DC and local areas have colluded to move a large percentage of that cash to boondoggle projects that have nothing to do with roads.
Willie Green is jumping for joy. Caused his demise here at FR.
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