Rep. Napolitano: Southern California Deserves More Equity in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund
(Washington, D.C.) Last night, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) introduced an amendment to Congress’s multi-year surface transportation bill, H.R. 7, which would have allowed the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to receive a fairer share of funding from the National Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. The amendment was ultimately not included in the bill, which passed out of committee early this morning.
“We need more parity in how we distribute our harbor maintenance dollars,” Napolitano said. “The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles only get back 1% of the harbor maintenance dues they pay into the national fund. We need those funds to cover the costly repairs and maintenance that currently have to be borne by the ports.”
· The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund collects payments from ports across the country for the maintenance dredging of U.S. harbors.
· Over the last decade, the top ten ports in the U.S. collect 70% of the revenues and only receive 16% of expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.
· The Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors receive less than 1% of the funds they pay into the system.
· Napolitano’s amendment would have changed the language in H.R. 7 so that no harbor should receive less than 25% of the funding that they collect.
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