I am participating in a Webinar this afternoon on the Future of the Federal Role in Transportation organized by the Council of State Governments
Thursday, May 29, 2-3 p.m. EDT
MAP-21, the 2012 federal surface transportation authorization bill, is set to expire later this year. Meanwhile, the Highway Trust Fund faces an insolvency crisis due to rapidly dwindling gas tax revenues, and there appears to be little agreement in Congress on how to fund the federal transportation program. Some say that makes this year ripe for a reconsideration of the federal role in transportation and have proposed devolution of the federal program to the states. Many states continue to rely on the federal government for a significant portion of their transportation spending, however, and might be challenged to come up with revenues on their own from a limited tax base. This webinar will examine the pros and cons of devolution, the future of the federal role in transportation and what it could all mean for state and local governments.
Dr. Rohit Aggarwala
Principal, Bloomberg Associates
Director, Transportation for America
Policy analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation
Professor, University of Minnesota