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Reauthorizing Federal Highway Programs: Issues and Options

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Federal spending for highways, which totaled $46 billion in 2019, is funded primarily by revenues credited to the Highway Trust Fund. But those revenues are falling short of spending from the fund. If the taxes that are credited to the trust fund were continued at their current rates and funding for highway and transit programs increased annually at the rate of inflation, the cumulative shortfall in the trust fund would reach $189 billion by 2030, CBO estimates.

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  • Congressional Budget Office, 2020. "Reauthorizing Federal Highway Programs: Issues and Options," Reports 56346, Congressional Budget Office.
  • Handle: RePEc:cbo:report:56346
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    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General
    • R42 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government and Private Investment Analysis; Road Maintenance; Transportation Planning
    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy

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