HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 4001
Passed Legislature - 1989 Reg.
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Representatives Schmidt, Walk, S. Wilson, Zellinsky, Van Luven, Baugher, R. Fisher, Gallagher, May, Peery, Bowman, Moyer, D. Sommers, Miller, Wolfe, Nealey and Brough
Read first time 1/13/89 and referred to Committee on Transportation.
TO THE HONORABLE GEORGE BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED:
We, your Memorialists, the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Washington, in legislative session assembled, respectfully represent and petition as follows:
WHEREAS, The Washington Legislature believes it is inappropriate that the dedicated trust funds for highways and airports are subject to the Unified Federal Budget process; and
WHEREAS, The highway and airport trust funds are funded by user fees collected in advance of expenditure and are dedicated to highway and airport improvement programs; and
WHEREAS, Inclusion in the Unified Federal Budget has limited appropriations from the Highway Trust Fund and from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund; and
WHEREAS, The inclusion of appropriations from the highway and airport trust funds in the Unified Federal Budget prevents Washington from receiving all of the highway funds and airport funds to which the state is entitled; and
WHEREAS, Reductions in highway and airport transportation trust fund appropriations hamper Washington's, as well as the other states' ability to address identified, critical transportation needs; and
WHEREAS, The money in the highway and airport trust funds cannot be transferred to other programs included in the Unified Federal Budget; and
WHEREAS, Limitations on highway and airport trust fund expenditures reduce only the total federal budget but do not result in a real reduction in the federal deficit;
NOW, THEREFORE, Your Memorialists respectfully pray that Congress remove the Highway Trust Fund and the Airport and Airway Trust Fund from the Unified Federal Budget.
BE IT RESOLVED, That copies of this Memorial be immediately transmitted to the Honorable George Bush, President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and each member of Congress from the State of Washington.