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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21 Oct, 2004 - Issue Brief
I. Introduction Four years ago the budget was on its way to a $236 billion surplus and the presidential candidates were debating how best to divvy up a projected 10-year surplus of $4.6 trillion.[1] This year’s debate is far different. Fiscal year 2004 closed with a $413 billion deficit and the 10... Read More
18 Oct, 2004 - Facing Facts
Conspicuously absent in the presidential campaign and debates has been any sense of urgency about the federal budget deficit. Neither candidate promises to do more than halve it within four years. And in all likelihood, neither's budget plan would do even that. But there is a looming issue that... Read More
6 Oct, 2004 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition today released a report on fiscal policy in the 2004 presidential campaign, concluding that neither President Bush nor Senator Kerry has a credible plan for dealing with the fiscal challenges he will face if elected. The election of 2004 will determine the... Read More
6 Sep, 2004 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition warned policymakers and political candidates, including President Bush and Senator Kerry, that today's new projections by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirm the need for tough policy choices to bring the budget back into balance. Trying to have it... Read More
1 Sep, 2004 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- With President Bush expected to reiterate tonight his advocacy of personally owned accounts as an element of Social Security reform, The Concord Coalition urged both parties to reject “free lunch” and “do nothing” plans by facing up to the real trade-offs that must be made to... Read More
2 Aug, 2004 - Facing Facts
For the first time ever in 2004, the annual reports of the Social Security and Medicare Trustees contained a complete accounting of the programs' unfunded benefit liabilities. In addition to the usual calculations of Social Security's and Medicare's “actuarial deficit” ($4.0 trillion and $8.5... Read More
29 Jul, 2004 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition today released a new Report on Fiscal Responsibility entitled “Lack of Action On Deficit Signals Undue Complacency.” (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) This report grades Congress and the Administration on the choices that they make – or fail to make – in... Read More
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