Back in February, “Crazy Kerry” Bentivolio published an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press expressing his strong support for something called the “Transportation Empowerment Act” (TEA), legislation sponsored by ardent Tea Party Caucus members Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representative Tom Graves (R-GA). The TEA would do the following:
- Grant “all authority regarding federal highway and transit programs to the states over a five-year period”.
- Decrease the federal gas tax from 18.4 cents to 3.7 cents.
- Issue states a block grant with “fewer federal strings attached to it” during the transfer the funding of road repair back to states over a five year period.