Sometime within the next few days, Congress will pass, with great fanfare, what it proudly calls a $305 billion, five-year transportation bill . But while the measure will authorize much needed infrastructure spending, it won’t pay for much of it. More than one-third of the $305 billion would
The House may have a bipartisan transportation bill. The measure would authorize highway spending for another six years. But while it sets $325 billion in infrastructure spending over six years, it guarantees only the first three years of funding. The last three years? Congress would have to “
Congress is back. Fiscal deadlines loom. Presidential candidates have tax plans to propose. It isn’t clear how much lawmakers will accomplish in the next four months, but it will be a busy and interesting fall. Here are five stories to watch: International Tax Reform : House Republicans insist they
With just a few days left before federal funding for highway programs expires, the Senate is debating all sorts of amendments to an extension-- from export subsidies to the Affordable Care Act. But there is one subject it will not debate—the gas tax. Except for a handful of lawmakers, nobody in
The House has a short-term patch for the Highway Trust Fund… Late Monday night, the House Ways & Means Committee released a plan to cover the Highway Trust Fund with $8.1 billion through mid-December 2015. The patch would use revenue collected by tightening IRS compliance rules. The House could
Highway funding: Will the House GOP play the long game? Ways & Means Chair Paul Ryan wants to pair international tax changes with six-year funding for highways, and he wants it done this year . To buy time to flesh out his plan to use revenue from a one-time tax on foreign profits of US
Greece: "Ne" to new sales taxes and (maybe) tax reform. The beleaguered Greek government has offered a new reform plan in return for $55 billion in European Union bailout money—and it reportedly includes new sales taxes, new levies on cafes and restaurants (read: tourists) and possible tax reform,
In 24 days, federal spending authority under the highway trust fund comes to an end. Without legislation to keep the program going and money to finance it, road projects will slow in the midst of high construction season. And where are Congress and the White House on this perennial issue? Nowhere.