Flake Motion Insists on Provision in Highway Bill Guaranteeing States Receive a Higher Percentage of their Own Gas Tax Dollars Back From the Federal Government
Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today offered a motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II. The motion passed by a vote of 259 – 154.
Many states, like Arizona, are donor states, meaning that they have historically contributed more to the Highway Trust Fund than they received back in the form of federal transportation funding. While non-binding, the motion instructs House conferees to insist on a provision in the final H.R. 4348 conference report guaranteeing all states the minimum rate of return of 95-percent on highway bill funding. Current law sets the rate of return at 92 percent. The language proposed in the motion would not increase the overall cost of H.R. 4348, it would affect only how transportation bill funding is distributed.
“While it would be preferable to give states greater control over their transportation dollars, the least Congress can do is ensure that donor states get a fairer return on the gas tax dollars they send to D.C.,” said Flake.