transportation funding

Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Iowa Eyes EV Tax to Offset Projected Decline in Road Funds

Iowa Construction Traffic passes a construction zone at the interchange of U.S. Highway 65 and Interstate 80 in Altoona, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)

After a Dec. 31 report by the Iowa Department of Transportation that shows a $317,000 reduction in the Road Use Tax Fund in 2018, state officials have made recommendations to the Iowa Legislature such as increasing fees or charging taxes to electric vehicle owners.

Mitchell Schmidt | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
January 10, 2019
Government, Business

Border Wall Hinders Funding Negotiations as Trump Threatens Shutdown

A contentious meeting between President Trump, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer A Dec. 12 meeting of Trump, Pelosi and Schumer got contentious over Trump's desire for $5 billion for a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico. Trump has threatened a partial government shutdown unless he gets the $5 billion. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

The threat of a partial government shutdown that would ensnare transportation programs looms as congressional Republicans and Democrats continue to disagree about President Donald Trump’s funding request for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 13, 2018
Government, Business

House GOP Names Sam Graves as Ranking Member of Transportation Committee

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) Graves listens during a roundtable discussion. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

The top authorizer of policy related to highways and transit systems in the U.S. House of Representatives was tapped to serve as the leading Republican on the chamber’s transportation panel when a new Congress convenes in January.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 30, 2018
Government, Business

Stakeholders Again Call On Congress to Approve Long-Term Transportation Funding

EPW members Sens. Barrasso and Carper Sens. Barrasso (left) and Carper echoed stakeholders' call to action Nov. 28 on long-term infrastructure funding. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Stakeholders told the members of the Environment and Public Works Committee: The country’s transportation network is desperately in need of long-term federal funding assurances meant to improve freight and commuter connectivity, the result of which could boost the economy.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 28, 2018
Government, Business, TCA

Colorado at the Crossroads

Colorado Interstate Traffic backs up on Interstate 70 near Silvethorne, Colo., a familiar scene on the main highway connecting Denver to the mountains. (Thomas Peipert/Associated Press)

Colorado’s means of getting around are in great need of attention, partisans on every side agree. But the various solutions and competing ways of paying for transportation improvements offered by candidates and ballot measures are a different political matter entirely.

Joey Bunch | The Colorado Springs, Colo. Gazette
October 16, 2018
Government

Sen. Susan Collins Opts Against Gubernatorial Run

Sen. Susan Collins Bloomberg News

Susan Collins, a moderate Republican with vast influence over transportation funding affairs in the Senate, announced her intention not to pursue the governor’s mansion in her home state of Maine.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 13, 2017
Government

TIGER Grants Restored in Senate Fiscal ’18 Transportation Bill

Sen. Susan Collins Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — A grants program at the U.S. Department of Transportation for regional infrastructure projects would receive $550 million in fiscal 2018 under legislation a Senate funding subpanel approved July 25.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 25, 2017
Government

Oregon Legislature Advances 10-Year, $5.3 Billion Transportation Funding Package

truck-highway-oregon flickr

Lawmakers in Oregon approved a $5.3 billion measure in July that would increase taxes and fees to pay for freight, transit and commuter infrastructure projects.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 18, 2017
Government, Business

Senate OKs Fiscal ’17 Transportation Funding Bill With Trucking Provision

Senate Appropriations Committee/File Photo

The Senate on May 19 voted 89-8 to pass a $56 billion transportation funding bill with a provision that would cap at 73 the allowable hours per week truckers could work before being required to take a rest break.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 19, 2016
Government, Business

House OKs Transportation Bill With 33-Foot Trailer, HOS Provisions

Rep. Diaz-Balart via c-span.org

The House on June 9 approved spending legislation with key trucking provisions, including one that would permit twin 33-foot trailers on U.S. highways. The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill now goes to the Senate.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 9, 2015