Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Biden Faces Tougher Obstacles for Broad Relief Bill Sequel

Biden Kevin Dietsch/Bloomberg News

President Joe Biden’s soon-to-be-unveiled longer-term economic stimulus package is set for far tougher obstacles in Congress than the pandemic-relief bill that’s on the verge of squeaking through without a single Republican’s backing.

March 9, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Sen. Ed Markey Pushes Climate-Focused Transportation Bills

Markey Markey at a past interview. (Graeme Sloan/Bloomberg News)

A group of Democratic senators recently introduced legislation designed to initiate reductions of greenhouse gas emissions on the nation’s highways.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 8, 2021

Wisconsin DOT Issues Grants to Support Milwaukee-Area Manufacturing Facilities

John Koetz John Koetz, president of surface mining for Komatsu Mining Corp., announced plans for the South Harbor facility in Milwaukee in September 2018. Ground was broken Sept. 9, 2020, and full occupancy is projected by 2022. (Komatsu Mining Co. via YouTube)

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recently distributed grants to support infrastructure improvements near two manufacturing facilities in the Milwaukee area.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 8, 2021
Government, Business

Biden Attempts Bipartisan Push for Infrastructure Package

President Joe Biden and Transportation Pete Buttigieg meet to speak about infrastructure in the Oval Office on March 4. President Joe Biden and Transportation Pete Buttigieg meet with Vice President Kamala Harris and members of the House in the Oval Office on March 4. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

President Joe Biden tried to maintain bipartisan momentum for a new infrastructure program by meeting March 4 with Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House.

Josh Boak and Alexandra Jaffe | Associated Press
March 5, 2021
Government, Business

Senators Debate Pandemic Aid Bill Amid Infrastructure Funding Proposals

Steny Hoyer House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer speaks during a news conference March 2. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Senate Democrats aim to advance a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief measure that includes aid for transportation corridors before expanded unemployment benefits expire March 14.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 4, 2021
Business, Safety

ASCE Report Card: Infrastructure Improves to C-

Deficient road in Lansing, Mich. A road in need of repair in Lansing, Mich. (Michigan Department of Transportation)

The nation’s infrastructure received a C- grade on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ latest report card, marking an improvement from D+.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 3, 2021
Government, Business

Progressives Propose Wealth Tax to Fund Infrastructure

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a March 1 news conference at the U.S. Capitol. Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a March 1 news conference at the U.S. Capitol. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said her proposed wealth tax on households worth more than $50 million could help pay for investments in infrastructure, child care and health reforms as part of President Joe Biden’s plan to “Build Back Better” after the coronavirus pandemic that has disproportionately hit low-income families.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
March 1, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

North Dakota Bill Proposes Amending Truck Restrictions for Road Train Pilot

Road Train sign A road train sign in Australia, where they are more common. (ClaraNila/Getty Images)

Legislation that would temporarily amend truck length and weight restrictions is making its way through the North Dakota Legislative Assembly.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 1, 2021
Government, Safety

Maryland DOT Selects Developer for Major P3

American Legion Bridge Traffic on the American Legion Bridge, which connects Fairfax, Va., with Montgomery County, Md., via Interstate 495. (Google Street View)

The Maryland Department of Transportation has selected Accelerate Maryland Partners to serve as the developer for a major public-private partnership to improve traffic congestion.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 25, 2021

Senate EPW Panel Starts Looking at Infrastructure Package

Sen. Tom Carper leads EPW hearing Sen. Tom Carper chairs a Senate panel hearing with four guests on infrastructure needs. (Senate EPW via YouTube)

A Senate committee began consideration Feb. 24 of President Joe Biden’s follow-up to the pandemic-relief bill: a major push on infrastructure.

February 24, 2021