April 20, 2015

Publications

20 Apr, 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 interstae sysem 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 finances...

Recent Publications

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20 Mar, 2009 - Press Release
WASHINGTON -- With today’s release of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report estimating that the President’s budget would result in annual deficits averaging more than $900 billion over the next 10 years, The Concord Coalition pointed out that much of the fiscal damage would be caused by... Read More
13 Mar, 2009 - Issue Brief
http://concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/March_13_Obama_budget.pdf
I. Introduction The budget outline submitted to Congress by President Obama on February 26, 2009 is a bold and ambitious proposal that could transform the policy agenda for years to come. On the plus side, it calls for significant deficit reduction, improves transparency, and reflects a commitment... Read More
26 Feb, 2009 - Press Release
The Concord Coalition said today that President Obama's pledge to cut the deficit in half by 2013 is a positive and achievable goal but warned that it would still leave the nation on an unsustainable fiscal path. Concord praised the administration for improving transparency in the budget by using... Read More
28 Jan, 2009 - Issue Brief
http://concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/January_28_issue_brief-final.pdf
President Obama and the new Congress face distinct but related fiscal policy challenges over the short and long term. Swift action is necessary both to address immediate needs and develop an “exit strategy” to ensure that our response to the current crisis does not have adverse unintended... Read More
7 Jan, 2009 - Press Release
The Concord Coalition today urged lawmakers to take note of the first ever annual deficit projected to exceed $1 trillion and a post World War II high of 8.3 percent of GDP, and take steps to prevent deficits of this magnitude from becoming the norm. Concord warned that any attempt at economic... Read More
8 Dec, 2008 - Facing Facts
http://concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/FF%20Newsletter%20Vol%204%202_08-1204_FINAL2.pdf
In this issue, Neil Howe and Richard Jackson discuss the importance of confronting the nation's looming long-term fiscal crisis while working to jump-start the economy.  As larger annual deficits grow nearer and countries begin to reevaluate their assets, it will be important for the United... Read More
19 Nov, 2008 - Issue Brief
http://concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/Paygo_issue_brief.pdf
Introduction Economic conditions have deteriorated to the point where some form of additional fiscal stimulus is clearly justified -- even though such action would increase an already bloated federal budget deficit. This does not mean, however, that all forms of fiscal discipline must be tossed... Read More
22 Oct, 2008 - Issue Brief
http://concordcoalition.org/files/uploaded-pdfs/2008-McCain-Obama-issue-brief_1.pdf
When Americans go to the polls on November 4, they will elect a president who will inherit an array of fiscal and economic challenges greater than any new administration has faced since 1933. In his Inaugural Address that year, Franklin Roosevelt famously reassured Americans that, “the only thing... Read More
22 Oct, 2008 - Press Release
As the election enters its final two weeks, The Concord Coalition today released an issue brief detailing the “Nine Challenges for ‘09” that will be faced by whichever presidential candidate wins the election. On November 4, the time for campaigning will be over, and the time for transitioning... Read More
1 Oct, 2008 - Press Release
WASHINGTON--The Concord Coalition today urged lawmakers not to use the financial rescue bill as a way to subvert fiscally important pay-as-you-go (paygo) budgeting rules. Concord warned that attaching political sweeteners—the extension of expiring tax provisions—to the bailout bill further... Read More