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The clock is ticking, and we need your help. In less than 100 days the highway trust fund runs out of money, and unless Congress acts, construction and manufacturing jobs would be put at risk due to another artificial crisis in Washington.
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America’s roads and bridges are crumbling and badly in need of repair. Unfortunately, the Highway Trust Fund, the only federal program that supports these investments, is running out of money. Instead of borrowing money from China to build roads right here in the United States, it’s time for Congress to give Americans the long-term solution we need.
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A 10 cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase signed into law Feb. 25 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) is the latest in a series of initiatives recently put forward by state governments to boost infrastructure funding, according to a new report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center© (TIAC) found there are currently 90 measures related to transportation funding awaiting action in 26 state legislatures. Among the findings:
- Twelve states: Ga., Mich., Minn., Mo., Mont., Neb., N.J., S.C., S.D., Texas, Utah, and Wash.—are considering legislation to increase their gas tax or sales tax on gasoline.
- Four states: Conn., N.H., N.M., and Texas—are considering legislation to protect their transportation funds from diversions.
- Four states: Ark., Iowa, Mo., and Utah—have proposed legislation to convert their flat-rate excise tax on gasoline to a variable-rate tax.
- Seven states: Conn., Ga., Minn., N.M., N.Y., Wash., and Wis.—have proposed bonds to pay for transportation projects.
- Two states with variable-rate gas taxes—Ky. and N.C.—are considering legislation to instate or raise a “floor” on the tax in order to prevent it from collecting below a minimum amount.
State and local spending accounts for just under half of all highway and bridge capital outlays, according to an analysis from ARTBA’s Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black. The federal government is the source, on average, of nearly 52 percent of annual highway and bridge capital improvements made by the states.
“Governors and state legislators recognize the negative impacts of deteriorating road and bridge conditions on the local economy, safety and mobility, and are taking action to fix the problem.” Black said. “At the federal level, Congress should be taking a similar approach to finding a permanent solution for the Highway Trust Fund before highway and transit program funding expires at the end of May.”
The full “State Transportation Funding Initiatives Report” can be found on the TIAC website: www.transportationinvestment.org
The Utah Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers recently released its inaugural Infrastructure Report Card for the state, giving a GPA of “C+.” The report assessed 10 categories, concluding that Utah’s infrastructure will require an investment of more than $60 billion over the next 20 years. The state’s transportation grades were high, as bridges, roads and transit each earned the grade of “B+.” However, the transportation network still needs an increased investment in preparation for the state’s estimated population growth. In contrast, the state’s lowest grades are for levees, a “D-” and Canals, a “D+.” At the release event, (Salt Lake Tribune, KSL, Deseret News and more), ASCE was joined by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Wasatch Front Regional Council, and Envision Utah calling for fulfilling the plan for the future of Utah. ASCE supports passing a strong funding package for Utah’s transportation future.
The Iowa Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers released its first state Report Card on Tuesday at the State Capitol, giving the state’s infrastructure the overall grade of a “C-.” With one in five bridges in the state rated structurally deficient, Iowa has the third-highest percentage in the nation, graded at a “D+.” Roads also received a low mark of “C-.” The same day as the grades’ release, both chambers of the state legislature passed a 10-cent gas tax increase in bipartisan fashion. Gov. Terry Branstad signed the state’s first increase since 1989 into law and it will go into effect on Sunday, March 1. The state’s other lowest grades went to inland waterways and dams, both receiving a “D,” while solid waste got the highest mark, a “B+.”