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The Value of TIGER Discretionary Grants

Tigers are the largest cats in the world. Fittingly, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants are some of the largest grants in the United States. Managed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), TIGER grants go toward capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure. Eligible surface transportation infrastructure projects include:

2014 TIGER Program: $600 Million Awarded, $9 Billion Requested

Reliable infrastructure is a key component of a flourishing economy. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program is built on this idea. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced awards for the sixth round of the ever-popular TIGER Discretionary Grant program, which will fund 72 projects from 46 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The Department received 797 eligible applications from 49 states during this round, up from the 585 applications received in 2013. Overall, applicants requested $9 billion for transportation projects—15 times the $600 million available for the program, said officials in a press release. You can read about the awardees and projects here; a sample of the projects, taken from the fact sheet, are below:

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TIGER Round VI Comes with $600 Million

Last Wednesday in St. Paul, Minnesota, President Obama called for a four-year, $302 billion transportation bill to repair the nation’s aging roads and bridges. During his speech, the president also unveiled the sixth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, whose total funding is $600 million—a $126 million increase from last year and the second-highest funding level since the program began in 2009, when it was funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Since it began, TIGER has disbursed $3.5 billion to 270 projects across the United States. Adding this year's funding will make that figure $4.1 billion.

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Earmark Funding: Obama's “We Can’t Wait” Initiative

The White House announced last Friday that it would redirect $473 million of “idle” earmark funding to highway projects as part of President Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” initiative. The plan will redistribute unspent earmarks from FY 2003-2006 and would be “immediately available to states for projects,” including eligible highway, transit, passenger rail, and port projects, “that will create jobs and help improve transportation across the country.” Some of the earmarked highway funds are nearly 10 years old.

States must identify the projects for which they plan to use the funds by October 1, and must obligate them by December 31, 2012. "Use it or lose it" is the name of the idle earmarks game.

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