MRF E-MAIL NEWS Motorcycle Riders Foundation
1325 G Street NW Suite 500 | Washington, DC 20005
202-546-0983 (voice) | 202-546-0986 (fax) | http://www.mrf.org

14NR31 - MRF News Release - The Highway Bill funding crisis has been avoided, for now.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10 June 2014

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs


The Highway Bill funding crisis has been avoided, for now.

The Highway Bill funding crisis has been avoided, for now. The transportation spending fund also known as the highway trust fund was set to go bankrupt this August. The Band-Aid approach of patching together extension after extension to keep the fund solvent has been Congressís method of operation since 2008.

The House of Representatives passed an extension to the fund that passed the House 367-55. The bipartisan measure is expected to be voted on in the Senate next week and is likely to pass. This temporary fix will last until May of 2015 and cost $10.8 billion.

What the quick fix fails to address is the main, underling problem with the highway trust fund, it does not raise enough money. The fund relies on a gas tax that has not been raised since 1993. Trying to operate and maintain a national transportation infrastructure in 2014 with 1993 type spending power is a lesson in disaster.

Some in Congress do want to raise the gas tax to an appropriate amount. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) have a proposal that would boost the funding and restore the purchasing power to the trust fund. Their proposal is reasonable, it would raise the gas tax this year by six cents and then another six cents the following year. After that the gas tax would be indexed for inflation to ensure that the trust fund remain stable.

That proposal was pretty much dead on arrival. With an election around the corner most of Congress is reluctant to vote for a tax hike that would be felt by nearly every single voter. But it makes sense to increase the user fee for a system that needs heavy repair. Most Americans don't want to pay more for something like fuel that is already over priced in the opinion of many. But it is likely that those same Americans are not happy with their roads and bridges so increasing a user fee that has not changed for 20 plus years makes a little more sense.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation will keep you updated on this issue.

 

==========================================================
Do not reply to this email, it will be discarded.
==========================================================

Ride With The LeadersTM by joining the MRF at http://www.mrf.org/join.php or call 1-202-546-0983Registration is easy and secure for MRF Regional and Meeting of the Minds conferences. Visit our website at http://www.mrf.org/events.php for further details and registration information.Send in your nominations and donations for the MRF's Young Activist Scholarship fund today. For complete details, visit http://www.mrfae.org/yas.php. All Information contained in this release is copyrighted. Reproduction permitted with attribution. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation, incorporated in 1987, is a membership-based, national motorcyclists' rights organization headquartered in Washington, DC. The first motorcyclists' rights organization to establish a full-time presence in Washington, DC, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted exclusively to the street rider. The MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause of rider safety and rider freedom.The MRF proudly claims state motorcyclists' rights organizations and the very founders of the American riders' rights movement among its leading members. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and regulations, motorcycling safety education, training, and public awareness. The MRF provides members and state motorcyclists' rights organizations with direction and information, and sponsors annual regional and national educational seminars for motorcyclists rights activists, as well as publishing a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS.

Join the MRF on Facebook!

www.facebook.com/bikers.rights