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The decline in purchasing power has important implications for the federal budget and our nation’s infrastructure, and has led some to call for a new effort to address the gas tax.
Most infrastructure spending in the United States comes from state and local governments
State and local governments outspend the federal government in every infrastructure category
SNAP is the largest federal program aimed at combating hunger and food insecurity among low-income Americans.
SNAP spending increased dramatically during the recession, but is projected to return to historical levels.
SNAP participation varies greatly from state to state.
SNAP benefits supplement household incomes to help lift people out of poverty.
Although the need for serious, long-term changes to the funding structure of the Highway Trust Fund is clear, there is disagreement over the approach to do so.
Economists generally agree that public investment in infrastructure has a positive effect on productivity, and therefore on gross domestic product.