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NO. R-65. JOINT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ALLOCATE AT LEAST ONE-HALF OF ONE PERCENT OF FEDERAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION FUNDS TO EACH STATE.

( J.R.H. 40)

Offered by: Committee on Transportation.

Whereas, the United States Congress is considering the reauthorization of surface transportation programs, and

Whereas, the funding that was provided in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 is of great benefit to the states as they maintain, operate and expand the nation’s multimodal transportation system, and

Whereas, prior to the enactment of ISTEA, federal surface transportation allocation formulas historically contained a provision that guaranteed each state a minimum one-half of one percent of this federal program’s appropriations, and

Whereas, the small states continue to require this minimum guaranteed percentage of the surface transportation funds that the Congress appropriates in order to sustain a level of federal funding that is sufficient to maintain and operate their segments of the nation’s multimodal transportation system, and

Whereas, this minimum guarantee only affects the three states of Vermont, New Hampshire and Delaware, and

Whereas, through an unintentional oversight, this minimum guarantee was removed during the original ISTEA enactment process in 1991, and

Whereas, the restoration of this minimum guaranteed level of surface transportation funding would involve only a very minor reconfiguration of the allocation formula, and it

would correct an unfortunate error and restore true equity to the funding formula, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Vermont General Assembly strongly urges the United States Congress to restore the minimum one-half of one percent guarantee to each state in its reauthorization of the ISTEA legislation, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each member of the Vermont Congressional Delegation, to the chairpersons of the UnitedStates House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the United States Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and to the chairpersons of the state legislative transportation committees in New Hampshire and Delaware.