The nation’s highways, airports, water supply systems, wastewater treatment plants, and other facilities play a vital role in the economy. That physical infrastructure, which is provided by all levels of government, supports the private commercial activities and the daily lives of individuals throughout the United States. CBO regularly examines proposals for changes in federal policy regarding such infrastructure.
Infrastructure and Transportation
Mar 2013 - In 2011, the federal government provided $607 billion in grants to state and local governments, accounting for 17 percent of federal outlays and a quarter of spending by states and localities. Nearly half of that amount was for Medicaid.
Sep 2012 - CBO’s report assesses how the credits affect the relative cost of owning an electric vehicle, and how cost-effectively the credits reduce gasoline consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Jul 2012 - An infrastructure bank could play a limited role in enhancing investment in surface transportation projects by providing new federal subsidies to a limited number of large projects and allowing the benefits of potential projects to be more readily compared in a competitive selection process.
Jan 2012 - CBO assesses the role of public-private partnerships in providing highway infrastructure. In particular, the study focuses on whether such partnerships might provide additional financing for highways and build them more quickly or at a lower cost.
May 2011 - Testimony before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate.
Mar 2011 - CBO examines broad alternatives for federal funding of highways, focusing on fuel taxes and on other taxes that could be assessed on the basis of the number of miles that vehicles travel.
Projections of Highway Trust Fund Accounts Under CBO's Reestimate of the President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budgetdata or technical informationMay 17, 2013
- data or technical informationMay 14, 2013
- reportApril 24, 2013
- graphicMarch 14, 2013
- blog postMarch 14, 2013
- reportMarch 5, 2013
- data or technical informationFebruary 5, 2013
- presentationJanuary 21, 2013
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