Nadler Announces Formation of F.A.I.R. Alliance

Jul 8, 2003

Washington, DC - Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and other members of Congress today announced the creation of the F.A.I.R. Alliance, a coalition aimed at keeping transportation funding levels fair and balanced in upcoming legislation to reauthorize the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21). Current efforts by the SHARE Coalition, led by Representative Tom DeLay, would shift much-needed transportation funding from some states to others.

“It is ridiculous that an organization entitled the ‘SHARE Coalition’ has no intention of actually sharing the wealth when it comes to transportation funding,” stated Nadler. “Federal programs exist to distribute funds based on need, not political gain. The F.A.I.R. Alliance seeks to ensure that all states will be treated equally under the law.”

Under provisions in the reauthorization of TEA 21, at least 17 states, including New York, could lose out on more than $1 billion in federal highway funding. The F.A.I.R. Alliance seeks to reverse the funding shortfalls states will experience by preserving current funding levels for highways and transit transportation programs.

Under the F.A.I.R. Alliance’s formula, each state is assured of receiving 90.5% of its gas tax investment back from the Federal Highway Administration for highway funding as well as a minimum dollar guarantee. The F.A.I.R. Alliance seeks to preserve this vital nationwide infrastructure program, which benefits all 50 states and the District of Columbia by ensuring national security readiness and response, freight transportation, and tourism accessibility.

“The state of New York would lose approximately $300 million in transportation funding under the SHARE Coalition’s proposal to revise the federal funding formula. It makes no sense for Congress to take precious resources away from states during these troubled economic times. Instead, Congress should be focusing on ways to increase infrastructure investments to create jobs and spur economic growth,” said Nadler.