Resolution on Transportation Finance
NOTE: This resolution has expired.
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.