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  • Remove Government Barriers to Promote Efficient Highway Investment

    June 10, 2019
    Today the Competitive Enterprise Institute released my new report, “Transforming Surface Transportation Reauthorization: A 21st Century Approach to Address America’s Greatest Infrastructure Challenge.” In it, I argue that past approaches to funding America’s highways—namely, having the federal government pick up the majority of the initial construction tab while assuming states will then maintain these highways, all largely funded through taxes on motor fuel—will no longer hold and that a new approach is needed.
  • Automakers to Trump: Keep Us Captive to California Bureaucrats

    June 7, 2019
    Seventeen automakers, including Ford, General Motors, and Toyota Motor North America sent a letter on 6th June to President Donald J. Trump urging him not to challenge California’s authority to regulate fuel economy. Instead, the companies want Mr. Trump to negotiate a compromise with California over model year (MY) 2021-2026 fuel economy standards. 
  • Focus Ride-Hailing Policy on Consumer Benefits, Not Protecting Competitors

    May 20, 2019
    As we pointed out last year when New York City attacked Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing firms by imposing an interim supply cap, politicians fighting these new entrants to the urban transportation sector ignore the harms their protectionist policies do to their constituent consumers.
  • Congressional Democratic Leaders Meet with President on Infrastructure Bill

    May 3, 2019
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and other congressional Democrats met with President Trump on April 30 to discuss an infrastructure package. Unfortunately, Schumer and Pelosi released a letter to the president prior to their meeting that suggested that, rather than streamlining the permitting process, they want to make it more cumbersome by tacking on additional climate change-related requirements. 
  • Higher Taxes, Wasteful Spending Not Solutions to Infrastructure Problems

    March 7, 2019
    In recent years, there have been increasing calls to raise federal fuel excise tax rates in order to address what many have called an infrastructure crisis. To be sure, there are very real infrastructure needs in the U.S., but they are not uniform across infrastructure asset classes and are not primarily the result of a lack of federal funding.
  • CEI Leads Coalition in Support of Nationwide Road Usage Charge Pilot Program

    January 24, 2019
    Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute sent a letter to Congress urging members to preserve and strengthen the users-pay/users-benefit highway funding principle and to establish a nationwide, interoperable mileage-based user fee pilot program.
  • Eliminate Obsolete Patented and Proprietary Products Regulation

    January 14, 2019
    Today, I submitted comments to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on behalf of CEI in response to a notice of proposed rulemaking on promoting innovation in the use of patented and proprietary products. This may sound like an esoteric transportation regulatory issue, but it has very serious real-world implications.
  • Year in Review 2018: Transportation Policy

    December 21, 2018
    CEI had a busy year in the transportation policy trenches. We worked at the federal, state, and local levels on a variety of projects. Below are selected examples of the work we did this year to inject free-market ideas into the generally command-and-control world of transportation.
  • American Association for Justice Places Trial Lawyer Interests over Saving Lives

    December 7, 2018
    The bipartisan AV START Act would create the first national highly automated vehicle regulatory framework in the U.S. This legislation is necessary to speed deployment of lifesaving self-driving cars, which offer the promise of greatly reducing road fatalities by eliminating the driver error and misbehavior that is currently responsible for more than 90 percent of automobile crashes.
  • Cathy Chase's AV START Act Flip-Flop

    November 30, 2018
    Cathy Chase, now the president of the lobby group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, was previously a strong supporter of the Senate’s bipartisan AV START Act (S. 1885)—before she was against it. The AV START Act is companion legislation to the House’s SELF DRIVE Act (H.R. 3388), which unanimously passed the House by voice vote in September 2017.


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