July 4, 2015

Publications

2 Jul, 2015 - Issue Brief

Introduction

The Highway Trust Fund provides the financing structure for federal investment in transportation projects. It consists of two accounts: the highway account, which supports projects for the interstate system and other roads, and the transit account, which supports light rail and other mass transit projects across the country.

Motor fuels taxes serve as the primary dedicated revenue source for the fund. These taxes -- on gasoline and diesel -- provide most of the fund’s revenue.

The trust fund...

Recent Publications

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29 Mar, 2005 - Issue Brief
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/SSBrief4--Measurement.pdf
One of the most confusing things about the current Social Security debate is the many and sometimes divergent descriptions of the program's financial problem. Numbers are thrown about fast and furious to support one side or the other's contention about the seriousness of the problem.  A... Read More
23 Mar, 2005 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- With today's release of the 2005 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports, The Concord Coalition stressed that while the numbers have not changed much, we are now a year closer to the Baby Boom's retirement with its enormous fiscal challenge. That is why The Concord Coalition... Read More
18 Mar, 2005 - Issue Brief
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/SSBrief3-1percent.pdf
 The Social Security payroll tax, better known to workers as FICA (or SECA for the self employed), is now levied at a rate of 12.4 percent on workers' earnings up to $90,000 a year.  Employees and employers split the tax, meaning that they nominally pay 6.2 percent each.  The... Read More
18 Mar, 2005 - Special Publication
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/SSBrief3-1percent_0.pdf
Issue #3 The Social Security payroll tax, better known to workers as FICA (or SECA for the self employed), is now levied at a rate of 12.4 percent on workers' earnings up to $90,000 a year. Employees and employers split the tax, meaning that they nominally pay 6.2 percent each. The Social... Read More
13 Mar, 2005 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- As the House and Senate debate their respective versions of the Fiscal Year 2006 budget resolutions, The Concord Coalition today urged them to combat the threat of growing deficits by adopting strong enforcement mechanisms - including a “pay-as-you-go” rule (PAYGO) for tax cuts... Read More
11 Mar, 2005 - Special Publication
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/SSBrief2--The_Trust_Fund_Mask.pdf
Issue #2 Some commentators have suggested that the financial problems confronting Social Security are overblown because the large balance building up in the Social Security trust funds will carry the program for decades. Projections made by the Social Security trustees show that the balance of... Read More
11 Mar, 2005 - Issue Brief
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/SSBrief2--The%20Trust%20Fund%20Mask.pdf
Some commentators have suggested that the financial problems confronting Social Security are overblown because the large balance building up in the Social Security trust funds will carry the program for decades.  Projections made by the Social Security trustees show that the balance of the... Read More
10 Mar, 2005 - Facing Facts
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/FacingFactsQuarterly1-1.pdf
4 Mar, 2005 - Issue Brief
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/SSBrief1--DontWaitforACrisis.pdf
It is often said that our political system only responds to a crisis.  If that is true, we are in for big trouble.  Whether we use the term “crisis” or some less alarming term to describe Social Security's problems, the program does need the immediate attention of lawmakers. Social... Read More
4 Mar, 2005 - Special Publication
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/SSBrief1--DontWaitforACrisis_0.pdf
Issue #1 It is often said that our political system only responds to a crisis. If that is true, we are in for big trouble. Whether we use the term “crisis” or some less alarming term to describe Social Security's problems, the program does need the immediate attention of lawmakers. Social... Read More