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1 Transportation Reauthorization Update Nina Mclawhorn, Research Administrator Wisconsin Department of Transportation Government Transportation Research Information Committee Special Libraries Association June 6, 2004

2 Overview Current status of reauthorization Congressional timeline Larger issues loom Congressional budget overview Transportation Conference Committee issues Implications for NTL

3 Current status of reauthorization House and Senate passed fundamentally different bills Differences will be resolved in conference committee Senate conferees selected Negotiations to begin after House conferees decided

4 Congressional timeline TEA 21 expired 9/30/03 Short term extension expires 6/30/04 Six-week recess for national political conventions (late summer) Congress adjourns 10/1/04

5 Larger issues loom Deficit projections Defense and security concerns National elections

6 Congressional budget overview Budget, authorizations, appropriations Deficit projections Domestic spending frozen – trend to continue into future (FFY 05 transportation appropriations allocation was cut nearly $3 billion – indication of things to come)

7 ($ billions) CBO baseline deficits ……………… ,893 GOP tax policies and AMT reform …… ,417 Net interest costs ……………….. (*) Deficits with GOP tax cuts and AMT reform…… ,782 Deficit without Social Security ,139 January Baseline Deficits with GOP Tax Cuts and Alternative Minimum Tax Reform Congressional Budget Office

8 Talk of restraint focused on domestic spending only

9 Conference committee issues Reopener debate Size of pie (funding) Slicing the pie (donor state debate) Threats to formula funding Title V: Research and education funding Implications for NTL

10 Reopener debate Six-year funding (FFY 2004 – 2009) OR Two-year funding (FFY 2004 – 2005) (expires September 30, 2005)

11 Proposed Reauthorization Funding Levels - ($ Billions)

12 Wisconsin Rate of Return Comparisons - Highways

13 7 Comparison of Formula and Discretionary Funding

14 Research and education funding compared to TEA-21 levels

15 Conclusion Limited resources will require future collaboration


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