2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A REASONABLE INCREASE AND INDEXING OF THE FEDERAL GAS TAX TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE NATIONíS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

†††† WHEREAS, Americaís cities and metropolitan areas are the engines of the national economy; and

†††† WHEREAS, metropolitan regions depend on strong transportation infrastructure to remain economically competitive; and

†††† WHEREAS, Congress is now debating the reauthorization of TEA-21 and the critical issue of funding our nationís surface transportation system; and

†††† WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors expressed support for the $375 billion funding level for TEA-21 reauthorization proposed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in November 2003; and

†††† WHEREAS, Congress is now considering much lower funding levels for TEA-21 reauthorization based on the $284 billion legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the $318 billion legislation passed by the U.S. Senate; and

†††† WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports a funding level of no less than $318 billion for the TEA-21 reauthorization bill; and

†††† WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors is promoting an aggressive agenda for TEA-21 reauthorization that would require significantly more funding than provided by TEA-21; and

†††† WHEREAS, the simplest, most-effective means to raise significant revenue for surface transportation programs is through an increase in the federal gas tax; and

†††† WHEREAS, leading transportation advocates in Congress have called for an increase in the federal gas tax to ensure adequate investment in transportation; and

†††† WHEREAS, current increases in gas prices do not translate into larger investments in our nationís surface transportation infrastructure,

†††† NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges Congress and the Administration to support a reasonable increase and indexing of the federal gas tax to ensure a well-funded and equitability distributed TEA-21 reauthorization bill that meets our nationís surface transportation needs.