Infrastructure Funding

Government, Business

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: ‘A Lot of Interest in Infrastructure’

Mitch McConnell Sen. Mitch McConnell by Fox News via YouTube

Bipartisan support for infrastructure reform increases the chances for the Senate to take up a transportation bill next year, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Dec. 21.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 21, 2017
Government, Business, Fuel

New Jersey Congressman Endorses Federal Fuel Tax Increase

Vehicles travel up to an express toll on the New Jersey Turnpike Vehicles travel up to an express toll on the New Jersey Turnpike near Newark. (Doug Kerr/Flickr)

An increase in federal taxes on fuel would significantly help fund repairs for highway infrastructure along Interstate 95 in Newark, N.J., Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D) said amid Congress’ consideration of tax reform legislation.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 5, 2017

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Calls for No More Toll Roads

I-35 East Dallas AsphaltPlanet1 via YouTube

Texas will not be setting up more toll roads, despite plans recently unveiled by the state’s Department of Transportation to build toll lanes on Interstate 35 East, Gov. Greg Abbott said.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2017

Congressional Watchdog Faults DOT FASTLANE Grant Selection Process

U.S. House transportation leaders have requested that a congressional watchdog agency be permitted to continue oversight of a five-year Department of Transportation grant program after investigators concluded that it lacked transparency in how it selected 18 projects totaling $759 million in 2016.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 7, 2017
Government, Fuel

Key Democrats Press for Infrastructure Funding Amid Tax Reform Debate

Rep. John Delaney John K. Delaney via YouTube

Several Democrats, including Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, are critical of a tax reform package proposed by House Republicans that does not offer an approach to fund big-ticket infrastructure projects..

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 2, 2017
Government, Fuel

Transportation Policymakers Talk Infrastructure but Fail to Act, DeFazio Says

Rep. Peter DeFazio Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — Inaction this year on a long-term infrastructure funding bill in the U.S. House prompted a top Democrat to strongly voice his frustration toward Republicans at a high-profile hearing Oct. 11 that looked at ways to fund the nation’s transportation network.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 11, 2017
Government, Business

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Sept. 25: Reforming the Tax Code

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The real possibility of lawmakers advancing the first overhaul of the country’s tax code in more than three decades would greatly benefit trucking, ATA President Chris Spear says.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 25, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment

Equipment Makers Set Up First ‘Fly-In’ With Washington Policymakers

The rare opportunity of reforming the federal corporate tax code and ensuring long-term funding for freight infrastructure in the coming months prompted the Association of Equipment Manufacturers to recently schedule its own meetings on Capitol Hill and the White House.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 20, 2017

Opinion: How Robin Hood Would Fund Our Infrastructure

Numerous studies by the Department of Transportation, the Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials, American Trucking Associations and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association have warned that the quality and quantity of U.S. transportation infrastructure is deficient and in dire need of permanent, long-term funding.

John A. Simourian | Chairman, Lily Transporation Corp.
September 15, 2017
Government, Business

Funding Plan Must Continue Absent Infrastructure Council, Stakeholders Say

Donald Trump Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The White House’s recent announcement that an advisory council on infrastructure matters would not convene as planned should not derail efforts to achieve a long-term funding fix for infrastucture, policymakers and freight groups said.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 21, 2017