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S. 706: Highway Formula Fairness Act


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 11, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 706

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 11, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Cornyn, and Mr. Burr) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To modify a provision relating to adjustments of certain State apportionments for Federal highway programs, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Highway Formula Fairness Act.

2.

Adjustments to certain State apportionment amounts

Section 104 of title 23, United States Code, is amended by striking subsection (c) and inserting the following:

(c)

Calculation of amounts

(1)

State share

For fiscal year 2022 and each fiscal year thereafter, the amount for each State of combined apportionments for the national highway performance program under section 119, the surface transportation block grant program under section 133, the highway safety improvement program under section 148, the congestion mitigation and air quality improvement program under section 149, the national highway freight program under section 167, and to carry out section 134 shall be determined as follows:

(A)

Initial amount

The initial amount for each State shall be determined by multiplying the total amount available for apportionment by the share for each State, which shall be equal to the proportion that—

(i)

the amount of apportionments that the State received for fiscal year 2012; bears to

(ii)

the amount of those apportionments received by all States for that fiscal year.

(B)

Adjustments to amounts

(i)

In general

The initial amounts resulting from the calculation under subparagraph (A) shall be adjusted to ensure that, for each State, the amount of combined apportionments for the programs shall not be less than an amount equal to—

(I)

95 percent of the applicable percentage; multiplied by

(II)

the total amount of funds available for apportionment.

(ii)

Applicable percentage

For purposes of this subparagraph, the applicable percentage shall be an amount, expressed as a percentage, equal to the quotient of—

(I)

the estimated tax payments attributable to highway users in the State that were paid into the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) for the most recent fiscal year for which data are available; divided by

(II)

the estimated total tax payments attributable to users in all States that were paid into the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) for that fiscal year.

(2)

State apportionment

On October 1 of each fiscal year described in paragraph (1), the Secretary shall apportion the sum authorized to be appropriated for expenditure on the national highway performance program under section 119, the surface transportation block grant program under section 133, the highway safety improvement program under section 148, the congestion mitigation and air quality improvement program under section 149, the national highway freight program under section 167, and to carry out section 134 in accordance with paragraph (1).

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