This bill, would spell transportation disaster for states like Colorado with TABOR requiring a vote of the citizens to increase and other western states with lower populations. As an example, Montana would have to increase its fuel tax by over 40 cents to offset the loss of federal revenues. See the The Case Against Transportation Devolution: A Conservative Perspective by Jack Schenedorf to see why this is a really bad idea.
June 11, 2015
A bill filed by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) would gradually eliminate the gas tax that is used to pay for federal transportation projects.
The measure, which has been dubbed the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), would lower the gas tax that currently pays for most federal transportation projects from 18.4 cents per gallon to 3.7 cents in five years.
During the same time period, the bill would transfer authority over federal highways and transit programs to states and replace current congressional appropriations with block grants.
The concept, commonly referred to by transportation observers as “devolution,” is popular with staunch conservatives who argue that development of road and transit infrastructure should be left up to states. Read on…