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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2 Feb, 2015 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- With the release of President Obama’s proposed budget today, The Concord Coalition again urged Washington to focus on policies that would put the federal government on a sustainable track. “The President’s budget sets the stage for a vigorous debate on the right mix of spending and... Read More
24 Jan, 2015 - Special Publication
In a recent op-ed for the Des Moines Register, Robert Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, and Maya MacGuineas, head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, discussed the importance of presidential candidates credibly addressing the long-term challenges facing the federal budget. The op-ed... Read More
6 Oct, 2014 - Special Publication
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/key_questions_2014_2.pdf
As in past economic recoveries, the short-term federal budget picture has been improving. But deficits are projected to begin rising again in a few short years, Congress flounders over what were once considered routine decisions, and the nation remains on a long-term fiscal path that is simply... Read More
20 Mar, 2012 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition today commended House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) for including proposals to rein in federal health care spending and greatly simplify the tax code as part of his Fiscal Year 2013 budget. Concord cautioned, however, that the favorable deficit... Read More
1 Aug, 2011 - Special Publication
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/bixby_imhof_guest_column.pdf
By Robert Bixby and Sara Imhof The toxic level of partisanship in Washington that threatens to throw the government into default shows why it is crucial for American voters to demand action on the enormous fiscal challenges facing the country.Our fiscal problems go far beyond the short-term... Read More
23 Jul, 2011 - Special Publication
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/GangofSenseIssueStatement.pdf
More than two months ago we urged the bipartisan Gang of Six (Senators Chambliss, Coburn, Conrad, Crapo, Durbin and Warner) to persist in their efforts to craft a deficit reduction plan based on the recommendations of the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Bowles-... Read More
23 Jul, 2011 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- Former members of Congress who serve on The Concord Coalition’s Board of Directors today urged elected officials to raise the debt limit and embrace the broad deficit-reduction plan released this week by the Senate’s bipartisan “Gang of Six.”“The Gang of Six proposal serves as a... Read More
19 Jul, 2011 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- As Congress considers a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, The Concord Coalition said today that any such proposal should be thought of as a bold statement of principle: that one generation of Americans should not bind future generations with crushing debt.The amendment... Read More
1 Jul, 2011 - Special Publication
In response to a sold-out presentation by Deficit Commission co-chair Alan Simpson in Jackson Hole, more than 200 Wyoming citizens signed a public letter calling on their elected leaders to act on our nation's fiscal challenge. LETTER TO OUR FEDERAL ELECTED OFFICIALSPRESIDENT BARACK OBAMASENATOR... Read More
13 Apr, 2011 - Special Publication
http://www.concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/Bixby_ABC_OpEd.pdf
Fortunately, there are many possible solutions to the enormous fiscal and economic challenges facing the country. But they will require political courage, bipartisan cooperation and the active support of voters around the country.Because the projected federal deficits are so large, we need to... Read More