Courier Journal: Want to Fix Kentucky’s Highways? Charge Drivers a Mileage-Based Fee

An old idea is new again, which could one day benefit drivers in Louisville and across Kentucky. In 2005, amid growing concerns that the nation’s fuel-reliant highway funding mechanisms were becoming outdated, Congress created the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission to investigate alternative ways of generating transportation revenue. The commission’s report concluded that a “federal […]

Sunshine State News: Consumers Stand to Lose From Airport Taxes

Despite record-setting revenues, billions in reserve accounts, and promising industry forecasts, U.S. airports are lobbying Congress to increase the passenger facility charge (PFC), a move that would make flying more expensive for the more than 90 million air travelers that board planes in Tampa International or Miami International Airports or elsewhere in Florida every year. […]

Real Clear Energy: Electric Car Subsidies Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be

For more than a decade, the federal government has picked winners and losers in the automobile market by heavily subsidizing electric vehicles (EVs). Now, with those subsidies set to phase out for the largest EV manufacturers, some lawmakers are now pushing to have the subsidies greatly expanded. To read this op-ed, visit Real Clear Energy.

Don’t Get Left Holding the Bag in the Fight Over Airport Fees

If you’ve seen your airfares decrease lately, as many Americans have, don’t thank the federal government. In fact, Congress imposes so many taxes and fees on air travel that more than 20 percent of the average ticket price is diverted to government coffers. Yet some politicians are pushingto make flying more expensive by increasing the […]

Coalition Calls for Reforming the Highway Trust Fund

  While the Highway Trust Fund is used to support highway infrastructure across the country, more than twenty-eight percent of these funds are currently diverted away from roads and bridges. This coalition letter from thirty-six groups calls on reforms to fix an outdated and misused funding mechanism, rather than simply increasing consumer taxes at the […]

Inside Sources: Proposal to Expand Electric Car Subsidies Doubles Down on Failed Policy

A pair of powerful senators, Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and their allies in the House, are pushing to expand costly and ineffective federal subsidies for electric vehicles (EVs). However, the evidence finds that subsidizing electric vehicles is a bad idea for consumers, taxpayers and the environment.  Read about this in Inside Sources.

The Hill: An Unnecessary Increase in Airport Passenger Fees Would Hurt Consumers

Government taxes and fees account for more than one-fifth of the price of a typical domestic flight, making air travel one of the highest-taxed sectors of the American economy. Travelers pay a 7.5 percent excise tax, a $4.10 fee per flight segment, a commercial jet fuel tax, and a $5.60 security fee per flight segment, […]

Increasing the Passenger Facility Charge Would Be Costly to American Travelers

Airports have recently intensified their lobbying efforts to raise the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) – possibly doubling the charge. A new report finds that increasing the PFC would suppress economic activity, reduce consumer benefits by billions of dollars, and cost thousands of jobs. On top of these harmful effects, increasing the PFC is unnecessary. PFC […]