Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-Ponte Vedra) has introduced the Transportation Empowerment Act in the House of Representatives. The legislation would reform the nation’s transportation policy, reducing the federal gas tax while giving states power to use transportation dollars where they see fit.
“For far too long, Washington has tried to patch the holes in the Highway Trust Fund without offering constructive solutions to the underlying problems,” DeSantis said. “We need to modernize the way we handle transportation projects, not just rely on short-term fixes or a one size fits all approach to the nation’s infrastructure needs.”DeSantis continued, “The Transportation Empowerment Act will give states the power to determine their own road map for transportation policy while largely eliminating Washington’s role as a bureaucratic middleman. Florida knows best which bridges are lacking repair or where road construction is most needed, not out-of-state members of Congress or federal bureaucrats.”
Details behind the Transportation Empowerment Act include transferring much of the responsibility for transportation projects to the individual states, permitting them to decide how to best spend their transportation dollars, allowing states to take ownership of their infrastructure needs and programs and gradually reducing the federal gasoline tax over 5 years from 18.3 cents a gallon to 3.7 cents a gallon, collecting enough revenue for the federal government to maintain interstate highways and transportation projects.
The expenditure of tax dollars for transportation in the state has been a contentious subject this week. On Tuesday, members debated using federal dollars for All Aboard Florida’s Orlando to Miami rail project. After a vote mostly along party lines, the funding was ultimately included.
The lone Democrat to vote against spending tax dollars on the rail project was DeSantis’ Congressional Colleague and Senate Challenger Patrick Murphy (D-Plantation) that story HERE.