Resolution on Transportation Finance

NOTE: This resolution has expired.

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WHEREAS, with the anticipated shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund and in the wake of increasing gas prices, solutions to transportation finance are more important than ever; and

WHEREAS, Congress should take steps to ensure that the Highway Trust Fund does not reach a negative balance in the near future; and

WHEREAS, our country’s transportation infrastructure is a critical element of our economy; and

WHEREAS, states are looking to find innovative ways to fund needed transportation projects; and

WHEREAS, surface transportation decisions should be more intergovernmental in nature; and

WHEREAS, a more efficient transportation system is one in which there is integration and coordination across various modes of transportation;

WHEREAS, transportation projects should be completed in a timely and efficient manner. Efforts to reduce project time should be examined; and

WHEREAS, transportation funding decisions should allow for state flexibility so to allow decisions to be made in accordance with each state’s priorities;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments supports transportation initiatives that incorporate increased intergovernmental participation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments supports a multi-modal and regional approach as determined by the affected states when examining issues surrounding transportation and transportation finance; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments supports an approach to transportation and transportation planning that addresses environmental and economic development concerns; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments supports
legislation aimed at preserving the federal-state partnership in transportation funding; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The Council of State Governments calls on Congress to take immediate steps to ensure that the Highway Trust Fund does not reach a negative balance and to pass legislation establishing a reliable and predictable long-term funding source for transportation.

Adopted this 31st Day of May, 2008 at the CSG 75th Anniversary Celebration
in Lexington, Kentucky.