Foster payer State Amendment passes House
6/26/2019, 5:18 p.m.
An amendment offered by Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) to highlight the unequal distribution of federal transportation funds passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part of an appropriations package for the Department of Transportation. The legislation now awaits action in the Senate.
Under the current allocation process, several states receive more federal funding for surface transportation projects through the Highway Trust Fund than they contribute through the gas tax. As a result, some states receive as much as five times more funding than they contribute while others, like Illinois, receive less than they paid. The amendment proposes a switch from the current process of apportionment to a simple per capita allotment that ensures that states receive fair and equitable transportation funding.
"The current budgetary method for transportation funding is flawed, resulting in states like Illinois not getting a fair share of transportation funding," Foster said. "Illinois residents are rightly concerned about the conditions of the roads and bridges they rely on every day. They deserve to know the federal government is properly allocating transportation funding, so we can make the necessary infrastructure investments that our state needs."