The nation’s highways, airports, water supply systems, wastewater treatment plants, and other facilities play a vital role in the economy. That physical infrastructure, which is provided by all levels of government, supports the private commercial activities and the daily lives of individuals throughout the United States. CBO regularly examines proposals for changes in federal policy regarding such infrastructure.
Infrastructure and Transportation
Dec 2013 - In 2012, the federal government spent $531 billion on investment—for physical capital; research and development; and education and training—which represented 15 percent of federal spending and 3 percent of GDP.
Mar 2013 - In 2011, the federal government provided $607 billion in grants to state and local governments, accounting for 17 percent of federal outlays and a quarter of spending by states and localities. Nearly half of that amount was for Medicaid.
Sep 2012 - CBO’s report assesses how the credits affect the relative cost of owning an electric vehicle, and how cost-effectively the credits reduce gasoline consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Jul 2012 - An infrastructure bank could play a limited role in enhancing investment in surface transportation projects by providing new federal subsidies to a limited number of large projects and allowing the benefits of potential projects to be more readily compared in a competitive selection process.
Jan 2012 - CBO assesses the role of public-private partnerships in providing highway infrastructure. In particular, the study focuses on whether such partnerships might provide additional financing for highways and build them more quickly or at a lower cost.
May 2011 - Testimony before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate.
Mar 2011 - CBO examines broad alternatives for federal funding of highways, focusing on fuel taxes and on other taxes that could be assessed on the basis of the number of miles that vehicles travel.
H.R. 3678, a bill to redesignate the lock and dam located in Modoc, Illinois, commonly known as the Kaskaskia Lock and Dam, as the “Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam,” and for other purposescost estimateMarch 19, 2014
H. Con. Res. 92, a concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibitioncost estimateMarch 19, 2014
- cost estimateMarch 6, 2014
- cost estimateMarch 6, 2014
- reportMarch 5, 2014
- presentationFebruary 26, 2014
H.R. 1378, a bill to designate the United States Federal Judicial Center located at 333 West Broadway Street in San Diego, California, as the “John Rhoades Federal Judicial Center” and to designate the United States courthouse located at 333 West Broadwaycost estimateFebruary 18, 2014
- data or technical informationApril 14, 2014
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