Resolution to Restore Transportation to the States
This Resolution empowers the state of [insert state] to manage gas tax dollars without federal government interference.
WHEREAS, the United States Department of Transportation was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, and the department’s first official day of operation was April 1, 1967; and
WHEREAS, the mission of the department is to “Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.”; and
WHEREAS, the main mission of the department has largely been fulfilled by the completion of the federal interstate highway system; and
WHEREAS, state and local governments are faced with difficult decisions regarding local transportation needs on a continuing and ever-increasing basis; and
WHEREAS, the federal motor fuel taxes charged to the citizens of [insert state] are needlessly sent to the federal government before being returned to the state government; and
WHEREAS, federal restrictions, mandates and spending requirements prevent the citizens of [insert state] from setting their own transportation priorities; and
THEREFORE, BE IT JOINTLY RESOLVED by the Assembly and Senate of the state of [insert state] that this body urges making funds collected under the federal gas tax immediately available to individual states to fund their transportation needs; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this body urges federal government to cease the collection of motor fuel taxes in [insert state] so that the state can collect and distribute the taxes without delay caused by federal collection and disbursement; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be delivered to the Commissioner of the United States Department of Transportation and to the congressional delegation of the state of [insert state.]
Approved by the ALEC Legislative Board January 15, 2012.