April 20, 2015

Publications

20 Apr, 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 interstae sysem 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 finances...

Recent Publications

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19 Jul, 2004 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition today praised a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators for proposing to offset the revenue loss from a one-year extension of three expiring tax breaks. The proposal by Senators Snowe (R-ME), Baucus (D-MT), McCain (R-AZ), Breaux (D-LA), Chafee (R-RI) and Lincoln... Read More
18 May, 2004 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition said today that the pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rule for tax cuts and entitlement expansions included in the budget resolution now before the House and Senate fails to provide meaningful fiscal discipline because it expires after just one year and carves out a $... Read More
12 Apr, 2004 - Facing Facts
Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan recently reminded Congress that America faces a choice between large cuts in Social Security benefits and large hikes in taxes when Baby Boomers retire. The 2004 Social Security Trustees' report released March 23 points to the same conclusion.According to the Trustees,... Read More
29 Mar, 2004 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- With budget negotiations between the House and Senate now underway, The Concord Coalition today strongly recommended that negotiators agree to reinstate the traditional pay-as-you-go (paygo) rule for entitlement expansions and tax cuts. This fiscally responsible rule played a... Read More
22 Mar, 2004 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- With today's release of the annual Social Security and Medicare trustees' reports showing a combined long-term unfunded obligation of $72 trillion, The Concord Coalition warned that the two programs are on a fiscally unsustainable track and urged lawmakers to respond with... Read More
1 Feb, 2004 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition said today that President Bush's fiscal year 2005 budget, which aims to cut this year's projected $521 billion deficit to $237 by 2009, does not do enough to prevent deficits from exploding beyond the narrow 5-year window when the cash crunch of the baby... Read More
25 Jan, 2004 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- With today's new projections by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) showing that the nation's fiscal outlook continues to plunge downward, The Concord Coalition called on Congress and the Bush Administration to make deficit reduction a top priority item on this year's agenda.... Read More
13 Jan, 2004 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition's National Debt Clock is headed to the 2004 Presidential Primary season battleground states of Iowa and New Hampshire to put our rapidly growing $7 trillion national debt – and what to do about it – onto the agenda of voters and candidates. The Debt Clock... Read More
3 Dec, 2003 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition today released “Key Questions Voters Should Ask Candidates About the Budget, Social Security and Medicare,” (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) a brochure proposing questions that citizens and the media should ask candidates for federal office.  Each question... Read More
21 Nov, 2003 - Facing Facts
 For the past few years, Congress has flirted with adding a prescription drug entitlement to Medicare, only to pull back at the last moment. Now, with AARP's blessing, Congress is again rushing toward the fiscal brink.The responsible approach would be to offer a targeted drug benefit as part... Read More