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News February 24, 2015
Two very different situations coming out of the Atlantic region of late. While many states are facing down upkeep and maintenance struggles with regard to their highway systems, Pennsylvania has begun to implement a multifaceted, multibillion-dollar blueprint intended to accelerate road and bridge...
News February 23, 2015
In less than 100 days, authorization for the federal highway and transit program will end and Congress has even less time to take action.   “The Senate and House are only scheduled to be in session 55 and 36 days, respectively, before that legislative deadline occurs.  Where is the sense of urgency...
News February 20, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) this week announced that it is preparing to spend $232 million to address roads and bridges that have sustained significant, emergent damage as a result of recent storms. As part of the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Fund program, the...
News February 19, 2015
With 2015 now fully under way, states across the country are rapidly gearing up budgets for the coming years, all of which must address the pervasive infrastructure problems plaguing the nation at large. While plans and proposals vary depending on the specific needs and demands of each given state...
News February 17, 2015
  This past Thursday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, chaired by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), approved nearly $8 billion in funding for Amtrak, at a rate of $1.7 billion over four years, an increase over recent allotments.   In a twist to what has been described as contentious...
News January 07, 2015
With Congress about to reconvene for a 105-day session, transportation funding is perhaps the biggest ticket item on the agenda, and while there have been vague overtures from both political parties in the weeks leading up to the opening of legislative discussion, state departments of...
News December 31, 2014
  The number of Republicans historically who have backed increasing taxes—any form of taxation—as a primary measure for increasing Federal revenue in order to fund Federal programs can be logged on the fingers of one’s right hand. The new Congress that the U.S. has given to itself does not look...
News November 12, 2014
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) secretary Barry Schoch announces the pending receipt of approximately $33 million in federal funds that will be applied to the DOT’s running list of 56 projects aimed at improving the overall state of transportation statewide, from new...
News October 23, 2014
In a statement issued on Oct. 22, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) indicated that the GOP will use programs such as the fledgling 2012 highway funding bill to address what he characterized as “inefficient, ineffective, and incompetent federal agencies along with failed government...
News October 21, 2014
News out of Springfield announced that Ill. Governor Pat Quinn (D) has authorized a $2.2 million resurfacing project in Will County that will see the resurfacing of 2nd Street to U.S. 45 in Manhattan and Wilton Townships. Gallagher Asphalt Corp. of Thornton, Ill. won the job.   This capital...
News October 09, 2014
On Nov. 4, Texas residents will decide whether to approve a state constitutional amendment known as Proposition 1, which would effectively earmark monies derived from oil and gas production taxes for a transportation fund aimed at bolstering the state’s cash-poor department of transportation.   The...
News September 22, 2014
State departments of transportation will receive an additional 10 weeks of funding for surface transportation projects following Congressional approval of a new short-term continuing resolution last week.   The measure, dubbed H.J. Res. 124, provides partial appropriations for all federal programs...
News August 07, 2014
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx addressed the nation yesterday in a virtual town hall meeting.   “While I certainly appreciated the opportunity to make the case for a long-term transportation bill that truly funds our nation's needs and provides states, counties and cities the certainty they...
News August 06, 2014
Lawmakers in Missouri will have to go back to the drawing board to fund transportation improvements such as rebuilding I-70. Voters in the state rejected a proposed sales-tax increase yesterday, the Kansas City Star reported. The new sales tax, in the form of a proposed constitutional amendment,...
News August 01, 2014
The Senate voted last night to replenish the Highway Trust Fund through next spring and then ran for the exits for a recess. The vote on the highway bill was 81 to 13.   “We once had leaders, and you know what those leaders used to do?” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked before the final Senate votes...
News July 01, 2014
State departments of transportation may receive a cut in pay during the peak of the summer construction season. At a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said road and transit federal reimbursement payments would be reduced the first week of...
News June 18, 2014
The U.S. DOT updated its Highway Trust Fund Ticker yesterday, and the chart shows a deficit around the end of August.   “So far, all of their monthly predictions have been on target, and this month was no different,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wrote in his blog Fast Lane. “Unfortunately...
News June 10, 2014
Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are recommending a tax holiday that would allow multinational parent corporations to deduct 85% of the money made by their foreign subsidiaries, The New York Times reported. “Repatriation” of that foreign-subsidiary income would bring between $20...
News April 30, 2014
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has sent a long-term transportation bill to Congress for consideration as the House and Senate face looming deadlines to avoid the economic uncertainty and job loss that would ensue if the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money this summer. The Grow America...
News April 25, 2014
The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed a bill to raise the state’s gasoline tax by 4.2 cents to pay for transportation projects, according to the Concord Monitor. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Maggie Hassan, who said she would sign it.   The gas-tax increase is estimated to...
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