Key Points
  • Vehicle fees and transportation taxes should only be used for infrastructure projects, such as routine road and bridge maintenance or new infrastructure construction.
  • Utilizing public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects encourages private investment in a state and promotes public safety and operation efficiency.
  • States should empower state agencies and departments to treat bids for infrastructure projects equally and allow all potential contracts to be considered to ensure the best utilization of transportation dollars.

Maintaining a functional and healthy infrastructure is one of the cornerstones to economic growth. State transportation policy should encourage the use of public-private partnerships to build and maintain infrastructure, give states the flexibility to determine how to best utilize transportation dollars and remove unnecessary burdens to innovation. Adopting free-market policies that include collaboration with the private sector, transportation systems and funding concerns can be greatly improved.

Creating transportation systems that respond to what consumers of these systems actually need is crucial to creating a smooth business climate that contributes to economic growth. Reforms such as allowing state agencies to evaluate vendors and contractors holistically and encouraging the use of toll roads and highway systems where the users of the infrastructure pay for its maintenance via user fees of some kind are important steps states can take to improve their transportation and infrastructure systems.

Model Policies

  • The Open and Fair Competition Resolution for Municipal [or Local] Water and Wastewater Projects

    The Open and Fair Competition Resolution for Municipal [or Local] Water and Wastewater Projects Summary It is the intention of this resolution to ensure that all proven and acceptable piping materials be included in all bids for water and wastewater projects. This promotion of free competition will ensure …

  • Resolution on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation and Regulation

     Resolution on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation and Regulation Summary This resolution holds that autonomous vehicle research, development, testing, and operational functionality should not be impaired by unnecessary legislative or regulatory intervention. Model Resolution WHEREAS, autonomous vehicles are motor vehicles equipped with technology that has the capability to direct a vehicle …

  • The Open and Fair Competition Act for Water and Wastewater Projects

    Summary This Act ensures that all proven and acceptable piping materials are included in all bids for water and wastewater projects. All pipe materials should be qualified and selected based on sound engineering principles. The language in the Act continues to allow autonomy for design engineers, but simply requires …

  • Resolution in Support of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act

    Resolution in Support of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Summary This Resolution urges Congress to continue and work to expand the program created under the “Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act” (TIFIA). The TIFIA program …

  • The Share the Road Safety Act

    The Share the Road Safety Act Summary This Act provides increased safety instruction of young driver education programs by raising the awareness of all motor vehicle drivers on how to share the road/highway with large trucks. This legislation requires the inclusion of a section …

  • Resolution to Restore Transportation to the States

    Resolution to Restore Transportation to the States Summary This Resolution empowers the state of [insert state] to manage gas tax dollars without federal government interference. Model Resolution WHEREAS, the United States Department of Transportation was established by an act of Congress on October 15, …

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Task Forces

Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development

Members of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force believe that economic freedom is the cornerstone of prosperity. The …

Energy, Environment and Agriculture

The Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force operates under the principles of free-market environmentalism, that is to promote the mutually …