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  • Ryan Budget’s Transportation Takeaway: Give States More Flexibility and Control

    Why does House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) budget proposal matter to you? Because it would empower citizens and state and local governments, not remote Washington bureaucrats, to solve the transportation problems—think traffic congestion—that they deal with daily. A crucial reform proposal in the budget involves how transportation projects … More

    The Policy Solution That Could Help You Spend Less Time Stuck in Traffic

    States—not Washington—best understand their transportation problems and how to solve them. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI) recently expressed this fact at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Describing Sen. Mike Lee (R–UT) and Rep. Tom Graves’ (R–GA) Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA) proposal, Ryan explained, “They want to … More

    Obama’s Massive 'Unified' Transportation Plan Would Hurt Commuters, Businesses

    If you set aside $50,000 dollars for your child’s college education, would you want to be forced to give a large portion of that money to pay for the college costs of someone else’s child? If you bought a new car, would you want to have to let your roommate—who … More

    It's Good to Be the Budget Chairman: Patty Murray's Omni-BUS Carve-Out

    At least one special favor is hiding deep in the omnibus—giving one county’s government-subsidized transit system the advantage over private transportation. Buried on page 1,460 of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 omnibus spending bill that the House just passed is a carve-out that shields just one federally subsidized transit system … More

    All I Want for Christmas Is an On-Demand Uber Ride

    Taxi and limousine companies must wish they themselves had thought of Uber, an app-based service that connects drivers with passengers and eliminates the need for cash payment. Uninhibited by the regulatory hurdles that plague conventional taxi service (if you can call it “service”), Uber is revolutionizing urban transportation. Uber is … More

    Budget Conference Spending Cuts: Start with Amtrak Subsidies

    A good place for budget conferees to start cutting federal spending would be at Amtrak, the federally subsidized passenger rail service, with its $72 million loss on its food and beverage service in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and generally poor financial performance. Amtrak’s inspector general Ted Alves states in a … More

    Changing the Transportation Status Quo: Empowering the States

    Senator Mike Lee (R–UT) and Representative Tom Graves (R–GA) have introduced twin bills (S. 1702 and H.R. 3486) called the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), which would phase out the federal gas tax that motorists pay at the pump and empower the states to manage their surface transportation. Congestion in the … More

    Water Resources Bill: Don’t Repeat the Olmsted Lock Mistake

    In typical Washington fashion, lawmakers shoved an authorization for the Olmsted Lock and Dam Project—which, in this context looks a lot like an earmark—into the fast-moving, eleventh-hour deal ending the government shutdown and averting a debt crisis. Olmsted is located where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers meet near the Kentucky, … More

    How to Cut $42 Billion in Spending in the FY 2014 Continuing Resolution

    Congress is in the midst of debating spending levels in a fiscal year (FY) 2014 continuing resolution. It’s no surprise that the two chambers disagree over how much to spend and funding for the President’s damaging health care law. The Senate proposes to spend $1.058 trillion, dismissing the spending caps … More

    Obama on Infrastructure: Wrong Again on Government “Investments”

    In yet another summer speech on the economy yesterday, President Obama trotted out familiar tax-and-spend ideas, this time pairing his latest call for a tax increase with his familiar call for increased government “investment” on infrastructure. He touched upon a host of wish-list projects: widening roads, dredging ports, repairing older … More