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

  • Travel Agent Tax Fairness Act

    Summary This legislation establishes a sensible framework to eliminate confusion and controversy in the imposition of sales and hotel occupancy taxes on services provided by travel agents and other travel intermediaries. The legislation clarifies that a travel agent service which helps travelers to research, compare, and book hotel reservations is …

  • 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 …

  • 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 Final

    WHEREAS, autonomous vehicles are motor vehicles equipped with technology that has the capability to direct a vehicle without real-time input or monitoring by a human operator. WHEREAS, autonomous vehicles greatly reduce human interaction with the direction of motor vehicles. WHEREAS, human error is a factor in approximately …

  • Constitutional Amendment Restricting the Use of Vehicle Fees and Taxes for Highway Purposes

    Constitutional Amendment Restricting the Use of Vehicle Fees and Taxes for Highway Purposes NEW SECTION: All fees collected by the State of {insert state} as license fees for motor vehicles and all excise taxes collected by the State of {insert state} on the sale, distribution or use of motor …

  • Pupil Transportation Cost-Effectiveness Act

    Pupil Transportation Cost-Effectiveness Act Summary ALEC’s model Pupil Transportation Cost-Effectiveness Act is designed to reduce school bus expenditures, without reducing quality or safety, by competitively contracting out school bus services. Key components to the bill include: Model Policy Section 1. {Short title.}┬áThis Act shall …

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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

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