President’s budget includes $77 billion for transportation, criticized by ATA

| April 10, 2013

infrastructure highwayIn President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for the 2014 fiscal year, which was released April 10, $77 billion has been allotted for the Department of Transportation, which constitutes a 6 percent increase over the 2012 fiscal year.

The White House budget also includes an immediate $50 billion for investment in infrastructure nationwide as an attempt to spur job growth and address “transportation assets in most need of repair,” says the DOT, in addition to $6.4 billion earmarked for construction of a national high speed rail network.

The President’s budget also includes “full support” of MAP-21 — the current highway funding law — coming in the form of $53 billion for programs required by the law, which, as far as trucking is concerned, includes — among other items — a requirement to mandate electronic logs, expand truck parking and study expanding truck size and weight.

The $53 billion for MAP-21 overlaps some with the $50 billion plan for immediate funding.

“With these funds,” says the DOT’s announcement, “we will be able to strengthen our transportation system, create jobs and grow our economy.

The American Trucking Associations criticized the president’s budget proposal for not including specific methods for generating new revenue for funding highways and other transportation infrastructure.

The president’s budget, however, is one of several options posed to Congress for approval. The 2014 fiscal year starts Oct. 1, 2014.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the Obama budget proposal included $77 million for the Department of Transportation, instead of the $77 billion it actually includes.

  • Jeff Pearson

    Something to think about.. 77 million dollars from Obama for infrastructure? Ohhhh Boy. 77 million you might get 77 miles of new freeway. The new span on the San Francisco Bay bridge is over 6 billion.. And Obama thinks 77 million will do much? And alot of that infrastructure money will not go to road work but some feel good thing like the high speed rail.

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  • a turcker’s wife

    excellent point Jeff… but we know the media makes figures look great…most of
    the general populous have not a clue the cost of infrastructure…and have no clue just how much monies are taken in everyday by gasoline and fuel purchases, licensing… plates HUT taxes and the list goes on.. monies that should be allotted totally for Roads and bridges.. not in a general fund for someone to dish out when they see fit..

  • EF McHenry

    I guess people just don’t get what’s going on. Obama’s budget unveiled today and the republican budget also, are both meant to stop and replace sequester by stealing and cutting social security and medicare instead, both of which have nothing to do with the federal budget since they are funded by FICA(the payroll tax). These budgets should hinge solely on the ratio of federal income tax to federal discretionary spending. Sequester is a cut in the growth of federal discretionary spending(bloated federal govt agencies) and pentagon spending that are funded by the income tax. Cutting social security and medicare is nothing more than cutting the outgoing benefits to recipients or beneficiaries(those receiving benefits) so those programs run surpluses so that surplus money can go in the general treasury and be spent on big govt agencies and military spending. Stuff that’s suppose to be paid for by the federal income tax!

    True, a treasury bond is assigned to their respective trust funds(SS&Medicare). But politcians are spineless creatures and are under constant corporate pressure to cut those programs and never allow them to ever settle their bonds.

    In short cutting SS & Medicare creates a situation where the payroll tax is wronfully used as federal income tax; a use it was never intended to be used for.

    It also creates a default condition where the accumulated assets in bonds are never allowed to be reconverted back into cash to be used for beneficiaries, as they rightfully should be.
    Be sure, allow politicians to cut your rivhtfully earned benefit, they will be back again and again to steal more later! The plans are already in the works!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jess-McClure/1667752176 Jess McClure

    what a joke , 77 billion wont keep one Cal trans crew busy for 6 months – we are short on leaders , not just money.

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