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Highway fund running on fumes ("highway fund" = gas tax)
thehill.com ^ | 7/7/14 | Keith Laing

Posted on 07/07/2014 6:25:47 AM PDT by cotton1706

Lawmakers are under pressure to refill the Highway Trust Fund when they return to Washington after the Fourth of July weekend or risk losing thousands of construction jobs that could set back recent job growth.

The Department of Transportation has warned that allowing the Highway Trust Fund to go broke would cost the U.S. about 700,000 jobs — more than twice the 288,000 that were created last month according to a jobs report celebrated by the administration.

The agency has said that it will have to begin cutting back payments to state and local governments next month adding to the uncertainty unless Congress prevents the fund that pays for road and transit projects from running out of money, which is predicted to occur at the end of August. Those cuts could leave drivers facing congested or damaged roads, sparking anger ahead of November's midterms.

Transportation advocates are calling for quick action to break the stalemate and avoid jeopardizing employment growth.

“The job market is steadily improving but the threat that Congress will let the Highway Trust Fund go bankrupt looms large,” BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kim Glas said in a statement on Thursday.

“Despite months of debate, lawmakers have failed to act,” Glas continued. “They’re putting thousands of jobs on the line.”

President Obama also warned that recent job gains could easily be lost if Congress lets the highway fund go bankrupt.

“My hope is, is the American people look at today’s news and understand that, in fact, we are making strides,” Obama said Thursday. “We have not seen more consistent job growth since the ‘90s.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: highways
See how the government and their media allies mislead the people.

If the title of the article was "GAS TAX WILL EXPIRE IF CONGRESS DOES NOTHING," the people would cheer and would say LET IT GO!

But they call it the "Highway Fund" and try to scare people.

LET THE DAMN GAS TAX EXPIRE!!

1 posted on 07/07/2014 6:25:47 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

I’d sure like to see a detailed audit report of how the money in that fund has been spent since, oh, 2006 or so.


2 posted on 07/07/2014 6:30:01 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: cotton1706

Your pocket -> gas tax -> public employee union pensions.


3 posted on 07/07/2014 6:31:06 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: cotton1706

I thought the stimulus was supposed to fund this...


4 posted on 07/07/2014 6:32:22 AM PDT by tje
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To: cotton1706
the fund that pays for road and transit projects from running out of money

Aren't these the "shovel-ready" projects that they earmarked for the trillion dollars of "stimulus"?

5 posted on 07/07/2014 6:35:47 AM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: Charles Martel

If the federal funding was paying for exactly what it was intended to fund, there would be a massive surplus and we’d have the finest interstate highways and bridges in the world.

Instead we’re paying for public transportation that only a tiny percentage of Americans use. We’re paying for greenbelts, bike paths and hiking trails. In some cities we’re paying for sensors in parking lots to monitor empty parking spaces. A few years back, Carl Levin was seeking a few million from transportation funds to save part of Tiger stadium.

The cities and states are just as wasteful with the money.


6 posted on 07/07/2014 6:41:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cotton1706

Here in Silicon Valley, three or four exits of major highway 101 are being prepped for either repair or expansion or modification while radio commercials with commie comedian Will Durst trying to shame us into badgering our politicians to keep the gravy train rolling run daily.

Probably just two coincidences, right?


7 posted on 07/07/2014 6:41:58 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: cotton1706
losing thousands of construction jobs that could set back recent job growth.

Typical media lie. Increasing taxes always reduces overall job growth but MAY increase some jobs in the favored sector. Just the government distorting the marketplace again. The want the hiways to get construction? Then stop spending the highway taxes on light rail, busses and bike paths.

8 posted on 07/07/2014 6:42:02 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep, seeing a lot of bike lanes around here. They even reduced a high traffic thoroughfare from 4 lanes to 2, and added bike lanes on the sides.

Also, just re-paved walking trails were ripped up and replaced with concrete “accessible” paths. These things are over 6 feet wide to make them “accessible”.


9 posted on 07/07/2014 6:44:56 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

The bike paths and hiking trails I had as a kid were the ones we made by constant generations of usage. They were dirt and about 18 inches wide.


10 posted on 07/07/2014 6:46:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cotton1706
more than twice the 288,000 that were created last month

It looks like they are counting being an illegal alien as a "job".

11 posted on 07/07/2014 6:51:13 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: cotton1706

There isn’t anyone alive that can’t see through this nonsense.

“Transportation advocates are calling for quick action to break the stalemate and avoid jeopardizing employment growth.

“The job market is steadily improving but the threat that Congress will let the Highway Trust Fund go bankrupt looms large,” BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kim Glas said in a statement on Thursday.

“Despite months of debate, lawmakers have failed to act,” Glas continued. “They’re putting thousands of jobs on the line.”

President Obama also warned that recent job gains could easily be lost if Congress lets the highway fund go bankrupt”.

It isn’t the congress that is the problem. It is Republicans that are the problem, or Obama will blame republican’s for the problem, which means the real problem is a PR problem. Republican’s being blamed alone when there is plenty of blame on all sides.

Not to mention the “never let a crisis go to waste” action based on a manufactured crisis.

...and if that wasn’t enough, threatening States again with the money HAMMER, the only solution to which is states cutting of federal funding by not allowing direct federal extraction of dollars earned within a state. The state needs come first before it’s citizens are robbed of their means through the Federeral Income Tax. Once the State has taken what is needed, then what remains can be sent to Washington.


12 posted on 07/07/2014 6:54:29 AM PDT by wita
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To: cotton1706

The general principle of financing the construction, maintenance, and operation of of highways from user fees, rather than general revenues, is a good one. Roads need to be built and maintained, but there is no reason to make non-users do this.

Does anyone out there have some hard data on the percentage of gas tax revenue that actually goes to bike trails, mass transit, and other useless projects? Any percentage is too high. On the other hand, road operation (traffic signals, enforcement, etc.) probably receives some undeserved funding from general revenues


13 posted on 07/07/2014 7:06:07 AM PDT by Socon-Econ
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To: cotton1706

Let’s stop installing mileage markers every tenth of a mile


14 posted on 07/07/2014 7:08:29 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: cotton1706

This “Highway Trust Fund” is one of the biggest cons going. And the transportation reporters are willing accomplices, who like to potray the money as being needed for “crumbing” roads and bridges.

A big chunk of the money is spent on “green” nonsense projects like bike trails and walking paths. Another big chunk is spent on the mass transit boondoggle. Even a big chunk of the money that is spent on “roads” is spent on unnecessary extravagances like multi-million dollar electronic billboards and traffic monitoring systems.


15 posted on 07/07/2014 7:17:03 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: cotton1706
Maybe one third of the gasoline taxes make it back to the roads and bridges.

The rest is wasted / stolen by the lazy federal bureaucrats and politicians.

16 posted on 07/07/2014 7:18:27 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I road a train once for about an hour. I took a trip up north on Greyhound which I believe is entirely private and I rode the people mover in Detroit once.

The People mover in Detroit is rider funded at a rate of about 7% meaning the other 93% is made up by taxpayer funding in some way or another.


17 posted on 07/07/2014 7:29:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

The reason the “fund” is empty is because of theft by the politicians and the unions. Sort of like social security and its vaunted “lock box”. We’ve been hoodwinked by these criminals. Screw’em. Let the fund be empty.


18 posted on 07/07/2014 7:32:20 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: cripplecreek

The animal-rights crowd is getting in on the act, too. I’m sure you’ve seen those “wildlife underpass” structures that are theoretically supposed to keep deer out of traffic (but don’t make a lick of difference). To make matters worse, they add extra layers of cost - such as camera systems to document the successful use of each underpass. If this level of waste isn’t criminal, it damned well should be.


19 posted on 07/07/2014 7:54:47 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: FoxInSocks

Look at the intersections in many California cities, look at the intersections of the center of small towns throughout America. They were gold plated (i.e., pavers, inlays and Handicap slopes, sidewalks to/from nowhere).

That’s where the money was spent.


20 posted on 07/07/2014 8:11:06 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: george76
The rest is wasted / stolen by the lazy federal bureaucrats and politicians.

Absolutely correct. I wish there was a way for them to honestly report the percentage of funds actually used build or repair roads, bridges and overpasses. Some kind of ratio similar to how they show how various non-profits operate. How much of our "road taxes" are being used as a Democratic "slush fund," used to pay off consultants, administrative fees, pension plans, union deals, etc?

21 posted on 07/07/2014 8:16:41 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: MrB

Agenda 21, perhaps?


22 posted on 07/07/2014 8:28:12 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Border Crisis = Cloward-Piven, Chicano-style!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I actually like the variable message signs. The only problem is the all-too-often use of them to lecture us on safe driving, click it or ticket, etc.


23 posted on 07/07/2014 8:37:06 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Border Crisis = Cloward-Piven, Chicano-style!)
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To: cotton1706

The highway fund/tax was started to build the interstate highways back in President Eisenhower’s time. The new interstates were needed and helped spur the prosperity of the 1950s-1990s.

The fund quickly became a political money grab bag and a lot of the present outflows are for non-highway projects such as mass transport, light rail, pet projects [bridges to nowhere], etc. Some tax increase may be OK, but only if the fund is returned back to mainly highways that cars and trucks run on.


24 posted on 07/07/2014 8:42:40 AM PDT by RicocheT (It ain’t a party ’til the dogs are eating the corpses in the street.)
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To: cotton1706

35 billion is fumes....


25 posted on 07/07/2014 8:58:59 AM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ----> Fredo smart)
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To: cotton1706
I'm unsure what to think of this. Road Bonds?

Let's pay to fix Michigan's roads the old-fashioned way

Text of the ROAR act

Sounds like it might be a good way to wean the piggies away from the pork that comes from road funding.
26 posted on 07/07/2014 5:21:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

They need to stop spending it on stuff besides highways


27 posted on 07/07/2014 5:22:40 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: cotton1706
Highway fund running on fumes

So is my household budget. What part of TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY do these people not get?

28 posted on 07/07/2014 5:24:35 PM PDT by Hoodat (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: Socon-Econ
there is no reason to make non-users do this.

The "non users" will continue to pay in the cost of goods transported on highways.
29 posted on 07/07/2014 5:33:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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