On Monday, at a joint public hearing of two Illinois Senate subcommittees on capital, CMAP Executive Director Joseph C. Szabo testified that Illinois must pass a sustainable transportation capital bill this session including increased revenues and reforms that deliver greater accountability, and a safer, more reliable transportation system.
CMAP is part of a growing group of regional and statewide leaders calling for a new kind of capital bill that ensures state transportation funding is spent wisely. The group has signed on to a number of principles for sustainable transportation funding for Illinois; several members testified in support of these ideas at Monday's hearing. Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and former U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) also spoke in support of sustainable transportation funding.
Szabo told legislators that Illinois needs a capital bill with reforms that increase transparency and public confidence. He also highlighted three revenue recommendations: the ON TO 2050 recommendations that Illinois increase its motor fuel tax by at least 15 cents and index it to inflation, and expand the sales tax base to include more services; and that Illinois increase its vehicle registration fee and index it to inflation.
Read a Daily Herald editorial in support of sustainable capital funding, user fees, and criteria-based transportation investment decision-making.