ACPA and Other Highway Advocates Urge President to Act on Relief Funding and Highway Trust Fund
ACPA and 14 other TCC allies sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump, urging the immediate infusion of $37 billion in federal funding for state departments of transportation (DOTs) for COVID-19 relief.
The letter also urged the President to oppose any measure to temporarily suspend or permanently repeal a dedicated federal user fee that generates revenue to support surface transportation improvements. Copies of the letter were also sent to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
The letter underscores the severe losses in dedicated revenues that many state DOTs are facing and on which state transportation programs rely heavily.
“As a result, the ability of state DOTs to carry out their core functions, including capital construction programs, is threatened. Since the beginning of the pandemic, many state DOTs have imposed furloughs and delayed or canceled $10 billion in critical transportation projects,” the TCC allies say.
The letter also addresses how the pandemic has adversely impacted dedicated federal user fees that generate revenue for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Citing analysis by the FHWA, the group says HTF highway account revenue declined by 46 percent for the second half of April versus the same period in 2019. FHWA estimates that the HTF will now become insolvent sooner than previously anticipated.
“Any proposal to suspend or repeal a current HTF user fee without an equivalent replacement would further exacerbate the impending insolvency of the HTF and make finding the federal resources to support the Senate and House surface transportation reauthorization proposals even more difficult,” the groups write.
*In addition to ACPA, other signatories included the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; American Concrete Pipe Association; American Council of Engineering Companies; American Road & Transportation Builders Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Traffic Safety Services Association; Associated General Contractors of America; International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers; International Union of Operating Engineers; Laborers International Union of North America; National Asphalt Pavement Association; National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association; Portland Cement Association; The Surety & Fidelity Association of America.
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