TR-11-1-Reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Funding Bill Including Extension of the Current level of Federal Fuel Tax for Transportation Funding in Colorado, Support for

WHEREAS CLUB 20 was founded in 1953 to support needed transportation infrastructure on the Western Slope; and

WHEREAS an efficient, high quality, convenient transportation infrastructure is key for economic recovery and vitality; and

WHEREAS both Federal and State funding for transportation has been in severe shortfall even before the 2008 Recession due, in part, to not indexing the Federal or State fuel tax to inflation from the early 1990’s to the present; and

WHEREAS the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) legislation extension has expired and now operates on continuing resolutions; and

WHEREAS the lack of a long-term transportation bill also impacts transportation project planning and funding for the future; and

WHEREAS the cost of maintaining our transportation system continues to increase while revenues continue to decline; and

WHEREAS much of our surface transportation infrastructure is in need of repair or replacement due to continuing budget shortfalls; an

WHEREAS it is detrimental to the State of Colorado’s economy and to CDOTs implementation of needed transportation improvements to continue to operate under short-term continuing resolutions; and

WHEREAS Federal highway funding is based on a reimbursement process in which CDOT fronts the money for projects and is then paid back by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) from the Federal Highway Trust Fund. Colorado has hundreds of Federal-aid projects currently underway and is expecting to seek reimbursement of about $50 million from FHWA for the month of September; and 2 of 2 that CLUB 20 urges the United States Congress to pass six years a Federal Transportation Reauthorization bill to ensure that the federal transportation projects and programs in Colorado continue to be funded at levels that will adequately maintain our existing infrastructure and provide funding for future transportation needs; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Congress is urged to extend the 18.4 cents per gallon fuel tax, indexed for inflation, until such time that new funding sources are identified and implemented; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that:

  • CLUB 20 supports an equitable distribution formula that guarantees Colorado at least the highway funds collected in this state
  • CLUB 20 strongly encourages the Colorado congressional delegation to continue working each year to ensure Colorado’s full share of federal transportation funding.
  • CLUB 20 supports re‑authorization of a Federal Transportation Bill, including the enhancement program which provides funds for projects related to transportation, though not always directly involving pavement.
  • CLUB 20 supports equitable distribution of federal highway funds among the states, including the current requirement that each state receives a minimum of 95 cents on every dollar of federal fuel tax collected in the state.
  • CLUB 20 supports the continuation of the current budget firewall which requires that fuel tax monies which are collected from the states be dedicated to highway purposes rather than reverting to the General Fund.
  • CLUB 20 encourages Congress to re-examine all proposed transportation funding earmarks, mandates, and categories to ensure that:
    • All earmarks in Colorado should be consistent with Colorado’s transportation planning process as ranked by the Transportation Planning Regions and the Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
    • All earmarks should be subject to full congressional review and approval. 

Adopted September 9, 2011

Amended 3/30/2012