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Transportation Infrastructure: Estimated State Funding Under the Transportation Empowerment Act

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1997-09-18.

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      United States
GAO   General Accounting  Offke
      Washington, D.C. 20548

      Resources, Community,   and
      Economic Development    Division
      B-277730


      September 18, 1997


      The Honorable Carl Levin
      United States Senate

      Subject:    Transnortation Infrastructure: Estimated State Funding Under the
                  TransDortation Emnowerment Act

      Dear Senator Levin

      As you requested, we are providing the results of our analysis of what
      obligation authority the states might receive for highway programs under
      S.667, the proposed Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA-Z). On April 23,
      1997, you requested that we estimate a state-by-state breakdown of obligation
      authority, using the same assumptions as in our February 11, 1997, report on
      an earlier proposed version of TEA-2 for Senator Mack and Congressman
      Kasich.’ The most critical of the assumptions inherent in TEA-2 is that all
      states would dedicate sufficient funds to offset the reduction in the federal
      funds they would receive after federal fuel excise taxes are reduced in fiscal
      year 2002. As our work progressed, we identified three technical changes to
      TEA-2 that are necessary if the proposed legislation is to achieve its goal of a
      zero budget effect. As agreed with your office, we made our TEA-2 estimates
      as though those changes had been incorporated; therefore, total highway
      outlays equal total highway excise taxes in each year.

      The results of our analysis, and the accompanying assumptions and t&hnical
      changes, are presented in enclosure I. Notes to enclosure I clarify the
      components of the Core Program-the remaining federal highway programs
      administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-and the
      estimates of potential state obligations and state funds. We have also
      provided, as enclosure II, the revenue and outlay estimates underlying our


      ?I’ransnortation Infrastructure: Estimated Funding Under the Transnortation
      Empowerment Act (GAO/RCED-97-73R, Feb. 11, 1997).
                                         GAO/RCED-97-234R   Transportation   Empowerment   Act
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  analysis, the budget effect of TEA-2 as revised by the technical changes, and
  the calculation of the potential state obligations that could be supported by
  dedicated state funds and federal grants under TEA-2.



     We provided F’HWA with draft copies of our analysis for review and
     comment. In comments on our analysis, the Director of F’HWA’s Office of
     Budget and Finance agreed with the reasonableness of the analysis’ approach
     and the appropriateness of the data used. FHWA acknowledged that our
     estimates agreed with those of F’HWA for the Core Program but differed for
     the remainder of TEA-Z. These differences arose because F’HWA did not
     estimate the Infrastructure Special Assistance F’und and because F’HWA used
     different assumptions about the return of excess tax receipts to the states,
     both of which resulted in lower estimates of potential state obligations.

     We performed our work from April 1997 through September 1997. In doing
     so, we coordinated our efforts with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO),
     and our estimates conform to CBO’s January baseline budget forecast.
     Please call me at (202) 512-3650 if you have any questions. Contributors to
     this report were Ron Stouffer, SaraAnn Moessbauer, and Mark Dayton.




     Associate Director, Transportation Issues


     Enclosures - 2




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ESTIMATED STATE OBLIGATIONS                                             UNDER TEA-2 LEGISLATION--FY1998-2002
(Thousands of Dollars1
                                                    CoreProgram                                                     Potential                     ESSnMed
                     Interstate        Interstate         Melro          Safety      MotorCarrier                     State                      Funds Available
                    Maintenance          Bridge         Planning        402/463      Safety Grants                 Obligations      TOTAL        ToTheStales

Alabama                    565,563         89,935           3,442          14,064            9,415      602,437     2,120,617       2,603,254     1,450,559
Alaska                     306,814        29,108             1,572          4.054            1,796      345,345       244,775          590,120       167,417
Arizona                    424,037         14,759           4,966          11,263            6,107      461,154     1,652,617       2,113,971     1,X30,465
Arkansas                   340,567        60,579             1,572          9,331            5,075      417,124     1,376,554       1,793,676       941,511
Callfornla               2,250,193       590,346           47,633          76,093          19,973     2,966,230     9,737,4S4      12,723,693     6,660,053
Colorado                   351,945        67,260            4,446          11,900            6,006      461,651     1,232,281       1,693,932       642,634
Connecticut                236,156       246,132            4,593           6,709            3,364      500.976       Q67,737       t,46Q,712       661,696
Delaware                    .99,617       14,906             1,572          4,054            1,798       121,946      276,060         400,026        190,196
Diet. o!Col.                 32,376       66,924             1,572          4,054            1.706       106,723      122,520          229,243        63.799
Florida                  1,115,065        66,692           19#037          35,925          10,045     1,266,765     4,951,366       6,220,152     3366,563
Georgia                    866,596        35,937            6,099          20,679          13,966       943,279     3.733.016       4876,295      2,553,243
Hawall                     136,974        76,570             1,572          4.054            1,591      220,760       252,720         473,461        172,651
Idaho                      174,330        14,759             1,572          5,319            3,238       199,217      524,796          724,013      358,941
llllnols                   976,610       241,379           15,659          33.564          17,563     L267.163      3541,155        4,626,336     2,422,017
Indiana                    674,622        45,299            5,036          17,576          11,607       754,620     2,576,614       3331,434      1,762,4-M
Iowa                       357.7t7        36,572            1,763          12,096            7,495      415,635     1,110,660       1,526,495        759,707
Kansas                     354,740 '      36,068            1,905          12,410            7,337      414,460     1,105,Q66       1,520,420        756,435
Kentucky                   429,916        26,917            2,366          12,245            7,668      400,276     1944,166        2,324,463     t,261,355
 Loulslana                 402,666       159,372            4,167          12,657            7,114      566,197     1,691,036       2,276,135     1,157,222
Maine                      111,700        14,759            1,572           4,054            1,229       133,313      502.926          636,239       343,982
 Maryland                  357,713        61,630            6,699          12,661            6,292      444.095     1,620,640       2665,635      1,108,456
Massachusetts              396,776       496,005            8,040          15,605            5,850      925,092     1,791,097       2,716,179     1225.036
Michigan                   776,710       157,163           10,872          27,566          13,816       066,155     3366,129        4,374,264     2,317,353
Mlnnesota                  479,077        36,456            4,435          16,705            9,361      546.035     1367.566        1,913,603       935,365
Mlsslsslppi                313,617        53,911            1.572           9,647            5,045      363,992     L270.451        1,654,443        668,940
Ylseourl                   614,955       103,029            5,205          16,056          11,170       752,416     2,477,465       3,229,901     1,694,507
Montana                    236,591        47,226            1,572           5,319            3.296      294.005       456,519          750,524       312,242
Nebraska                   252,994        36,676            1,572           6,294            5,339      305,077       769,297       t,o73,373        525,466
Nevada                     169,969        14,759            1,704           5,041            2,876       194,360      613,603          607,971       419,661
New Hampshire              119,541        14,909            1,572           4,054            1.706       141,672      396,705          539,577       271,331
NewJersey                  524,905       339,132           12,460          19,656            6,723      905.016     2,525,156       3,430,173     1,727,lll
NewMexIco                  261,496        14,759            1,572           6,565            3.820      286,231       626,711       1,114,942        565,439
NewYork                    996,959       590.346           26,403          47,665          la,969     1,660,342     4,210,085       5,601,327     2,&30,155
NorthCarolIna              6901766        64;2Q4            4,700          20,313          12,107       702,293     3,021,940       3,614,242     2,066,600
NorthDakote'               156,697        14,759            1,572           5,601            3,767       162,796      342,130          524,935       234,010
Ohlo                       986,627       204,993           12,451          31,066          17,470     1,252,615     3,661,766       4,914.395     2,504,520
Oklahoma                   446,763        61,792            2,533          12,942            0,010      532,059     1,614,137       2,146,196     1,104,069
Oregon                     331,969        71,953            2,656          10,615            5,835      423,248     1,249,6QS       1,672,653        e&t,693
Penneylvanla               960,171       596,309           13,491          33,669          16,250     1,621,911     3,066,761       5,606.602     2,726,609
Rhodelsland                136,974        40,122            1,572           4,054            1,706      164,510       267.043          451,562       182,647
SouthCarolina              379,692        19,206            2,669          11,346            6,730      416,636     1,698,306       2,115,136     1,160,206
South Dakota               174,330        14,759            1,572           5,763              624      197,246       341,536          530,767       233,599
Tennessee                  576,929        63,770            4,149          15,659            6,756      671,264     2,400,305       3,080,560     1647,874
Texas                    1,931,465       256,403           21,271          54,441          19,694     2,265,274     7,355,465       9,640,756     5,030,675
Utah                       212,657        53,758            2,468           6,067            3,670      276,620       616,161       1,096,762        559,502
Vermont                    107,069        17,150            1,572           4,054            1,706      131,662       260,266          411,946       191,705
Vlrglnla                   607,003       124,143            7,163          17,909          10,319       766,537     2,739,t82       3,504,710     1,872,613
Washlngton                 472,135       160,594            6,013          15.343            7,944      662,029     1990,165        2,552,215     1,292,616
West Vlralnla              166,764       127,542            1,572           5,936            3,436      307,274       772,947       1,080,222        528.667
                           529,331        46,454            4.610          16,977          10,457       609,630     1,034,207       2,S44,036     1,322,925
Wyoming-                   164,369        14.759            1,572           4,054            2,026       166,779      437,638          624,617       299,464
PuertoRlco                 153,966        25,702            3,975           8,961            1,796       194,401              0        194,401               0

Total Apportloned    24904,341         5,Q30,929          314,333          796,603        365,696    32,334,096    96,100,000     126,434,096    65,728.766
  Nonapportioned      1,495,659          327,071         *314,333          276,398         64,110     4,781,904
   Total Program     26,400,OW         6,256.OOO                    0   l,075,000         450,000    37,116,OQO

                           (1)            (2)              (3)             (4)            (5)            (‘36)         (7)            V3)            (9)

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ENCLOSURE I                                                                                                                        ENCLOSURE I
         General    Notes:

         Our estimates assumethat all obligations made prior to FY 1998for both highway and transit programs that are to be paid from
         the Highway Trust Fund and that are unpaid at the start of FY 1998will be paid as they come due. We do not assumethat
         unobligated balances remaining as of the end of FY 1997 will be spent. All authorizations for the Core Program under TEA-2
         for FY 1998-2002are fully obligated. Federal fuel excise taxes are collected at their current rates through the transition years of
         1998-2001,and any excess taxes, as defined in TEA-2, are distributed to the states as grants with loo-percent payout in the first
         year. Both Section A and Section B outlays of the Infrastructure Special AssistanceFund (ISAFj are assumed to be grants with
         loo-percent payout in the first year, Existing Highway Trust Fund balances are not used to finance prior years’ obligations or
         new obligations from the Core Program;rather, those obligations are paid from federal fuel taxes before any grants are made,

         Three technical corrections to TEA-Z’sprovisions are incorporated into the estimatesto produce the zero budget effect sought
         by the legislation. First, the Core Program Financing Rate differs from that proposed in TEA-2 The estimates are based on a
         rate of 5 cents in FY 2000; 4 cents in 2001;3.5 cents in 2002,2003, and 2004; and 3 cents thereafter; rather than 4 cents in FY
         2000, 3 cents in 2001, and 2 cents thereafter. Second, the Highway Trust Fund Financing Rate in our estimates is 3.5 cents in
         FY 2002, 2003,and 2004, and 3 cents thereafter; in the proposed TEA-2, the Highway Trust Fund Financing Rate is 2 cents in
         2002 and remains at that level. Finally, the ISAF’Section B outlay estimates are net of transfers to the Aquatic Resources Trust
         Fund and the Land and Water ConservationFund. The revenue and outlay estimatesare based on the Congressional Budget
         Office’s January 1997baseline budget forecast.

         Specific   Notes by Column     Number:

         (1) Interstate Maintenance numbers are net of the administrative deduction of 3.75percent and of the l-percent deduction
   I.    for metropolitan planning. In addition, 1 percent of the remainder is set aside for the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa,
         and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

         (2) Interstate   Bridge numbers are net of the administrative deduction of 3.75 percent and of the l-percent deduction for
         metropolitan planning. In addition, for states with Indian reservations, 1 percent of each state’s apportionment is set aside for
         allocation to Indian reservation bridges,
         (3) Metropolitan    Planning   numbers are apportionments of the l-percent deductions from the Interstate Maintenance and
         Interstate Bridge programs,



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ENCLOSURE I                                                                                                                        ENCLOSURE I
         (4) Safety 4021403 combines both Section 402 Highway Safety Programs and Section 403 Highway Safety Research and
         Development. Section 402 is apportioned after a discretionary deduction based on current law (as provided by FHWA). Section
         403 funds are not apportioned; they are all in the nonapportioned line of column 4.

         (5) Motor Carrier Safety Grants are net of discretionary deductions based on current law (as provided by FHWA).

         (6) Subtotal is the Core Program total that sums columns 1 through 5. The “Nonapportioned” and “Total Program” numbers
         in column 6 include $2.933billion for federal lands and emergency relief funding not shown elsewhere; therefore, the values in
         column 6 for these rows are greater than the sums of columns 1 through 5 by that amount.

         (7) Potential State Obligations are the obligations that could be financed by the estimated state funds in column 9. The
         allocation of these potential obligations to the states is based on each state’s proportion of total estimated state funds in each
         year.

         (8) Total is the sum of columns 6 and 7. Total estimated obligation authority is based on apportioned funds only; it does not
         include nonapportioned programs, such as Federal Lands, Emergency Relief, Section 403, and the Core Program discretionary
         set-asides, nor does it include the administrative deduction for FHWA expenses.

         (9) Estimated Funds Available to the States are the sum in each year, for FY 1998 through FY 2001, of (1) any ISAF grams
         (both Section A and Section B) and (2) any excess federal tax receipts that might be distributed to the states. For FY 2002 and
         beyond,,Estimated State Funds are the sum in each year of (1) any ISAF Section B grants and (2) increased state fuel taxes or
         other dedicated state funds equal to the federal tax cut in FY 2002. The $1 billion in ISAF Section A grants is assumed to be
         fully expended by FY 2001. All states are assumedto increase their highway funding, either through a tax increase or
  .-.    dedication of other funds, equal to the cut in the federal fuel taxes in FY 2002.




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    ENCLOSURE II                                                                                                                                                                             ENCLOSURE II
     ESTIMATED FEDERAL REVENUES AND OUTLAYS AND FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR STATE OBLIGATIONS
     (Millions of Dollars)
                                                                            1998          1999       2000           2001         2062         2003     2004      2005     2006        2007
     Highway      Trust Fund (HTF) Revenue Categories
      HTF Financing Rate Tax Revenue                                      21,567        21,946      22.328        22,714        5,674         5,770    5,866    5,111     5.196      5,262
      HTF Motorboat and Small Engine Tax Revenue                             217           221         224           228                                  59       51        52         53
      Core Program Financing Rate Tax Revenue                             17.450        10.794       7,640         6,376        5,6!:         5,7:     5,666    5.111     5.196      5,262
      Truck Tax Revenue-Use, Trailers, Tires                               31344         3,404       3,465         3,526        3,589         3,651    3,715    3,779     a644       3,909

    HTF Outlavs
     Unpaid Pior Years’ Obligations-Highway                               16,995        6,924        3,760         2,591        1,961         1,336      916      504       262        267
     Unpaid Prior Years’ Obllqations-Transit                               1,706        1,214          775           465          206           152       95        0         0          0
     Core Programs           -                                             1.163        4,903        6,092         6,591        6,958         7,345    7,709    8,080     6,366      6,623
     ISAF--Section A                                                         911           69.           0             0            0
     ISAF-Section I3                                                           0        1,068          677           267           61          530       800      254         318     246
     Excess Tax Receipts Distribution                                      3,900        10,931      14,264        16,106
     Transfers to Aquatic Resources Trust Fund                               217          221          224          226            57                     59        51
    Total Outlays                                                         24,911       25,350       25,793       26,240         9,263                  9,561    8,890

                                                                            1998         1999        2000         .2cKtl        2002          2063     2004     2005      2066       2007
    Budget Effect
     Federal Fuel Taxes                                                   21,567       21,946       22,326       22,714        5,674       5,770      5,866     5,111    5,196      5,292
     Plus Truck Taxes                                                      3,344        3,404        3,465        3,526        3,589       3,651      3,715     3,779    3,644      3,909
    Total Tax Receipts                                                    24,911       25,350       25,793       26,240        9,263       9,421      9,561     8,690    9,040      9,191
     Less Total Outlays                                                   24,911       25,350       25,793       26,240        gt263       9,421      9,561     8,890    9,040      9,191
    Budget      Effect                                                          0               0          0           0               0        0          0         0        0          0

    Financing      Rates (Cents per Gallon)
     Core Program Financing Rate--All Fuels                                   12            7        5               4            3.5                    3.5
     Highway Trust Fund Financing Rate                                   20/14ff       2011417 20/14/i’         20114i7           3.5                    3.5
       (DieseVGasoline/Other Fuels (Average)]

    Core Program         Authorlzatlons   from TEA-2 for 19962002       and Projected     Authorlzatione       for 2003-2007    Based on a 2.6% Growth Rate
    (Millions ot Dollars)
                                                                            1996         1999        2000          2061         2002          2003     2004     2005      2006       2007
    Core Program                            ’
     Interstate Maintenance                                                5.000        5.100       5.300         5.400        5.606       5.757      5.916    6.064     6.254      6,429
     Interstate Bridge                                                     1;193        I;217       1;251         I;266        1,321       1;35e      1;396     11435    1;475      1,517
     Federal Landa                                                           460          473         466           500          514         528        543      556       574        590
     Highway Safe&Sec. 402                                                   171          171         171           171          171         176        161      166       191        196
     Highway Salety R&D-Sec. 403                                                           44          44            44           44                     46       46        49         51
     Motor Carrier Safety Slate Grams                                                      90          90            90           90                     95       98       101        103
     Emergency Relief Funding                                                100          100         106            100         loo           103      166      109       112        115
    Total                                                                  7,046        7,195       7,442         7,591        7,940       8,060      8,265    8,517     8,756      9,601

    Core Program         Outlays   Based on TEA-2 Authorizations       for 1996-2002    and Projected      Authorkatlons       for 20033007     Based on a 2.6% Growth Rate

                                                Year     Obligalions        1996         1999        2000          2001         2062          2063    2004      2005     2006       2067

                                                1998          7,046        1,163        3,696       1,071          321           203          162       156      155        62          0
                                                1999          7,195            0        1,207       3,773         1,093          326          207       166      159       156         03
                                                2000          7,442            0                    1,249         3,903        1,130         339        214      192       164        164
                                                2001          7.591            0            8           0         1.274        3.981       1.153        346      219       196       168
                                                2662          7;640            0            0                         8        1;WS        4;111      1,191       356      226       202
                                                2003          6,060            0            0                                      0       1,352      4,226    1,224       366       232
                                                2004          6.265            0            0              0          0            0           0      1.390    4.345     1,259       378
                                                2005          6;517            0            0              0          0            0           0          0    ii29      41466      1,294
                                                2006          6,756            0”           0              0          0”           0”          :          ii        i    1,469      4,591
                                                2067          9,001                         0              0                                                                 0      1,510

                                                       Total Oullays      1,163         4,903       6,092         6,591        6,958       7,345      7,709    8,080     8,386      8,623
ENCLOSURE II                                                                                                                                                                     ENCLOSURE II

POTENTIAL STATE OBLIGATIONS
Estimated Maximum State Obligation Capacity From Federal Grants and From
    State Funds Equivalent to the Federal Excise Tax Reduction (Dollars in Millions)

                                                           1998      1999     2000     2001     2002      2003      2004        2005        2006       2007

StateFunds (Federal Tax Reduction)                                                             17,433    17,731    16,032      19,193      19,518    19,850
ISAF--Section A                                             911        a9         0        0         0
ISAF--Section B                                                0    1,068      677       267       61       530       800        254          318         248
Distribution of Excess Federal Taxes                      3,900    10,931   14,264    16,106
Total Funds Available to the States                       4,811    12,088   14,941    16,375   17,514    16,261    18,632      19,447      19,836    20,096

Potential State Obligations                              19,100    19,150   19,250    19,250   19,350    19,500    19,750     19,750       20,250    20,500
Core Program Obligailons                                  7,046     7,195    7,442     7.591    7,840     8,060     8,285      8,517        8,756     9,001
Total Estimated Obligations for TEA-2                    26,148    26,345   26,692    26,841   27,190    27,560    28,035     28,267       29,006    29,501

                                  State                  Outlays
                    Year          Funds    Obligations     1998      1999    2000      2001     2002      2003      2004        2005                   2007

                      1996         4,811        19,100    3,205    10,016    2,901       871      550       493       422         420         222          0
                      1999        12,088        19,150              3,213   10,042     2,909      873       552       494         423         421       222
                      2000        14,941        19,250                       3,230    10,095    2,924       878       554         497         425       424
                      2001        16,375        19,250                                 3,230   10,095     2,924       878         554         497       425
                      2002        17,514        19,350                                          3,247    10,147     2,939         882         557       499
                      2003        18,261        19,500                                                    3,272    10,226       2,962         889       562
                      2004        18,832        19,750                                                              3,314      10,357       3,000       901
                      2005        19‘447        19,750                                                                          3,314      10,357     3,000
                      2006        19,836        20,250                                                                                      3,398    10,619
                      2007        20,098        20,500                                                                                                3,440
                              ’
                                     Total Outlays        3,205    13,229   16,174    17,105   17,689    18,265    18,827      19,410      19,766    20,092

            t.               State Funds                  4,811    12,086   14,941    16,375   17,514    18,261    16,832      19,447      19,636    20,098
                              Less Total Outlays          3,205    13,229   16,174    17,105   17,689    16,265    16,627      19,410      19.766    20,092
                             Net Income                   1,606    -1,142   -1,232      -729     -175         -4        4          37          70          6

                             Starling Balance                 0     1,808    1,125       395      175          5        2           6          45         120
                              Plus Net Income             1,606    -1,142   -1,232      -729     -175         -4        4          37          70           6
                              Plus Interest                 202       459      503       510        5          0        0           2           5           8
                             Endlng Balance               1,808     1,125      395       175        5          2        6          45         120         134

                                                                                                                                      TOTALS
                                                           1998      1999    2000      2001     2002      2003              1996-20011998-20021998-2007

                             State Funds                  4,811    12,088   14,941    16,375   17,514    18,261               48,215       65,729   162,203
                             Obligations                 19,100    19,150   19,250    19,250   19,350    19,500               76,750       96,100   195,850
                             %Obligatlon.s>Funds          297%       58%      29%       18%      10%         7%                 59%          46%       21%

    Interest Rate on Federal Trust Fund Balances         0.0630    0.0630   0.0630    0.0620   0.0620    0.0620    0.0620     0.0620       0.0620    0.0620

(348030)


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