Washington, D.C. —
“For too long, Indiana has been a donor state and sent more gas tax dollars to Washington than it has received back,” Senator Coats said. “This isn’t fair to Hoosier taxpayers, which is why I support the State Highway Flexibility Act. Hoosiers know our state’s transportation needs better than bureaucrats in Washington, and Indiana should be able to control its own resources.”
“By allowing Utah the ability to opt out of the Federal-aid Highway program and keep all excise tax revenue collected with our state, the decision making authority is being returned to Utah. It gives the state greater ability to choose how and where the money is spent and choose which projects will benefit our state the most” said Senator Lee. “Additionally, since this bill removes all Federal restrictions on the use of these funds, other than being required to be used for transportation related projects, Utah will no longer be at the mercy of every federal agency, including the EPA, to receive these funds. This will expedite every project and will make the use of these funds significantly more cost effective.”
“By allowing states to assume discretionary transportation authority, local transportation decisions would be made at the local level, not by the federal government,” said Representative Flake. “It makes no sense for states, like Arizona, to continue to send gas tax revenue to Washington, only to have a portion of that money return, along with restrictions on how we can spend it.”
“An efficient transportation system is necessary to help get Ohio’s economy back on track. Too often, Ohio has its hands tied by burdensome mandates and strings attached to federal funds for roads and bridges, and Ohio gas taxes are used for projects in other states. With tightening budgets, now more than ever we need to provide states with the ability to quickly and innovatively implement their transportation priorities to help create jobs,” said Senator Portman.