In 2050, federal and state sources of funding for critical infrastructure and services have reduced, and tax rates have not kept pace with needs. The federal and state governments currently provide funding to support transportation, housing, environmental, and community development programs, among other services that are vital to supporting quality of life in the region.
In this future, many programs have not adjusted to changing market forces. For example, transportation revenues are based on gas taxes and vehicle registration fees. If this revenue structure does not change, revenues will decline by 2050 as cars and trucks become even more fuel-efficient, more vehicles run on electricity or alternative fuels, and more people choose other modes of transportation.