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Unformatted text preview: eizure, there is no reason to believe in theory or expect in practice that federal standards will be inherently easier to comprehend and apply. 12 | P a g e States CP BDL Answers to: States Won’t Spend on Infrastructure [____] [____] Fiat solves – the states can spend on infrastructure – the counterplan fiats that they do Washington Post, 2012 (March 21, Why Can’t We just Leave Infrastructure Spending to the States?,” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/why-cant-we-just-leave-infrastructure-spendingto-the-states/2012/03/21/gIQAjpYBSS_blog.html) Yesterday, I pointed out that Rep. Paul Ryan’s GOP budget proposal would require the federal government to spend less and less on transportation over time. Reihan Salam asks whether this is really such a bad thing. Can’t state governments just pick up the slack? That’s possible, sure. [____] States paying for transportation projects now The Transportation Politic, 2012 (February 16, “Clearing it Up on Federal Transportation Expenditures,” http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2012/02/16/clearing-it-up-on-federal-transportation-expenditures/) Meanwhile, states and local governments are contributing massively to transportation funding already, just as Ms. Schweitzer asks them to. I studied Oregon and Illinois a year and a half ago and found that only about a quarter of Oregon’s Department of Transportation budget comes from Washington; about a third of Illinois’ comes from the national capital. [____] States spend on transportation infrastructure now Congressional Budget Office, 2010 (November 17, “Public Spending on Transportation and Water Infrastructure,” http://www.cbo.gov/publication/21902) In fiscal year 2007—the most recent year for which data on combined spending by the federal government and by state and local governments are available —total public spending for transportation and water infrastructure was $356 billion, or 2.4 percent of the nation’s economic output as measured by its gross domestic product. 13 | P a g e States CP BDL Answers to: Federal Implementation Key to Solve [____] [____] States implementing federal transportation programs now The Transportation Politic, 2012 (February 16, “Clearing it Up on Federal Transportation Expenditures,” http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2012/02/16/clearing-it-up-on-federal-transportation-expenditures/) Here’s the thing: The large majority of decisions on transportation spending with federal dollars is already made at the state and local levels. And state and local governments already contribute huge sums to the operation, maintenance, and expansion of their transportation programs. [____] States getting money for federal projects they want now The Transportation Politic, 2012 (February 16, “Clearing it Up on Federal Transportation Expenditures,” http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2012/02/16/clearing-it-up-on-federal-transportation-expenditures/) Once the federal government collects tax revenue, it distributes funding to the states based on for...
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