“The president’s budget is based in the misguided assumption that tax increases can solve our fiscal problems,” said Dorothy Coleman, NAM’s vice president of tax and domestic economic policy, in a written statement. “In fact, a $580 billion tax increase will only fuel the headwinds manufacturers face, making them even less competitive and threatening economic growth and U.S. jobs.”
Likewise, American Trucking Associations leaders have voiced concerns via a written release about how the country should pay for its infrastructure needs, saying that the budget “fails to provide adequate detail and direction.”
“For five years, we’ve waited for President Obama to clearly state how we should pay for these critical needs, and I’m sad to say, we continue to get lip service about the importance of roads and bridges with no real roadmap to real funding solutions,” said Bill Graves, ATA president and CEO. “It’s time to show us the money and where you intend to get it from.”
Meanwhile, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association has taken the president’s 2014 budget plan as an opportunity to highlight tolling as a funding option for infrastructure needs.
“President Obama’s infrastructure budget calls upon the ‘resources and ingenuity of our private sector,’” said Patrick Jones, executive director and CEO of IBTTA, in a separate brief. “The president is right that it will take more than federal government funding for us to meet our country’s transportation and infrastructure challenges.”
Earlier this week, IBTTA released a fact sheet, “Tolling in Brief,” that called on the federal government to allow states increased flexibility in choosing the most appropriate funding options.
“If the president and Congress are seriously looking for an infrastructure plan to help pay for our rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, and at the same time strengthen our economy by putting Americans to work, then tolling should be on the table,” Jones said.