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WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 - Statement by MoPIRG Senior Tax and Budget Analyst Phineas Baxandall, on the Obama administration’s FY 2012 transportation budget proposal, which includes a major increase in transportation funding and an $8 billion annual investment in high-speed rail.
“The administration’s budget request proves that President Obama is serious about investing in the future, while bringing much-needed reform to our broken transportation system.”
“As a new national poll today shows, the Obama administration’s proposal is consistent with the desires of the American people. The Rockefeller poll shows that 80 percent of voters agree that federal funding to modernize and improve transportation will boost local economies and create millions of jobs, and view it as critical to keeping the United States as the world’s top economic superpower.
“Among other findings in the survey, a huge majority (80 percent) believes the country would benefit from an expanded and improved public transportation system. Strong majorities want to see transportation spending tied more closely to a national plan. The administration proposal would likewise more than double annual investment in public transportation and would more closely tie spending to safety and other national goals.
“Last week, MoPIRG delivered a letter signed by a diverse collection of close to 100 national and regional organizations, and elected officials calling for $3.5 billion high-speed rail allocation for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, an amount matching the ramp up for high-speed rail in the administration’s budget
“In an era of increased scrutiny into federal spending, the administration is right to propose targeted investments that will deliver jobs and make us more competitive around the globe.”
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