Economic Growth

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to promoting initiatives that grow our nation's economy. 

Read the Foundation's report, The Growth Imperative, for more information about the importance of faster economic growth.

 

Future Highway and Public Transportation Financing (Phase 2)

A new study by the National Chamber Foundation (NCF) of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calculates the funding shortfall that immediately threatens national mobility and identifies and quantifies specific strategies to address this deficit. This study is the first to provide a detailed blueprint for policymakers containing long-, medium-, and short-term strategies for closing the funding gap and transitioning to a new financing mechanism. The implementation of these strategies will require policymakers at all levels of government to make difficult decisions, but their leadership and the successful implementation of these strategies will help fuel U.S. economic productivity and competitiveness. Specifically, the federal government should provide incentives for the states to employ new financing mechanisms that will help fully fund transportation.

This study is the second phase of a two-part study researched by Cambridge Systematics and sponsored by NCF. Phase I found that the federal funding share falls short of what is needed to maintain and improve our nation’s transportation infrastructure. Phase II lays out long-term options to fully fund our transportation system and quantifies specific strategies that can guide the transition to a new financing mechanism.

Future Highway and Public Transportation Finance (Phase 1)

The Future Highway and Public Transportation Finance Study was commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce through the National Chamber Foundation. The objective of this two-phased study is to identify funding mechanisms to meet national highway and transit investment needs. Phase I focuses on short-term funding for the period 2005 through 2015, starting with the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). It examines Federal options that would increase Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) revenues, and options that could enable and stimulate greater investment by states, local government, and the private sector. Phase II addresses long-term funding mechanisms, including alternatives to the current fuel tax-based system.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Access, Efficiency & Opportunity

Our research suggests that the market for consumer credit has matured in interesting and important ways, largely to the benefit of consumers. However, the principal aim of our research is to examine whether or not a loss of the existing framework of preemption would threaten the benefits currently enjoyed by consumers. We also consider the impact on consumers of possible modifications made at the federal level to that framework, where these modifications are consistent with the state legislative proposals examined in this report.

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