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July 28, 2011

Bill to Give States Freedom to Manage Federal Highway Tax Revenues

“Washington’s addiction to spending has bankrupted the Highway Trust Fund. "

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Washington, D.C. —

“As a Federalist, I have long advocated that states should retain the right to keep the revenue from gas taxes paid by drivers in their own state, said Senator McCain.  “This bill would allow for this to happen and prevent Arizonans from returning their hard earned money to Washington.  Arizonans have always received 95 cents or less for every dollar they pay federal gas taxes.  This continues to be unacceptable, and for that reason I am a proud supported of the State Highway Flexibility Act.”

“Any time you can eliminate a layer of federal bureaucracy from the states’ ability to govern is a good thing,” said Senator Vitter. “It’s very apparent how badly Congress can mismanage tax dollars, especially the Highway Trust fund which has needed to be bailed out three times since 2008. The states know their transportation needs better than Congress, so let’s put them in the driver’s seat to manage their own gas tax.”  

“The federal government’s one-size-fits all transportation policies and mandates are wasting billions of taxpayer dollars and causing inexcusable delays in the construction of highways, bridges and roads in Utah and across the nation,” Senator Hatch said. “It is time to unshackle the states to let them manage their own gas tax dollars. They can do a much better job than the federal government, which is fraught with waste and mismanagement.”

“The federal transportation system has become emblematic of Washington’s inefficiencies and reckless spending habits. I am happy to support this bill that helps to cut government waste and streamline an overly burdensome federal transportation funding process. It will provide Texas more flexibility to make transportation decisions locally and encourage innovative solutions to addressing our transportation infrastructure needs” said Senator Cornyn.

“For too long Georgia has been burdened with the inefficiencies imposed on our state by numerous provisions of federal law and onerous regulations.   This legislation ensures that federal highway and transit funds in our state will be used more efficiently” said Senator Isakson. “The federal government has not spent Highway Trust Fund dollars wisely; therefore, it makes complete sense to allow Georgia and all states to decide how to allocate these funds—without red tape—to better meet our state’s unique transportation needs.”

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