Highway Funding

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March 30, 2015

DOT Unveils Its Long-Term Transpo Funding Bill

The Department of Transportation today officially announced its $478-billion, six-year transportation reauthorization proposal with just two months left until the current surface-transportation legislation expires.

March 19, 2015

House Rep. Shuster Declares Fuel-Tax Hike DOA

Speaking to reporters yesterday, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster argued that both Congress and President Obama lack the political will to increase federal fuel taxes to pay for funding the next highway bill.

March 18, 2015

States Grapple with Fuel Taxation

As state governments seek the best avenues to fund their highway infrastructure spending this year, many governors and legislators are looking closely at where making changes to motor-vehicle fuel taxation may get them.

March 17, 2015

House Highway Committee Hears from Beyond the Beltway

Roads and bridges may be local projects, but there’s no getting around their funding being planned and executed on a national scale. That message was driven home today in testimony by three representatives of key stakeholder groups before the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

March 12, 2015

Key Lobby Floats Political Solution to Fix Highway Trust Fund

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association is floating a detailed “political solution” that it contends would “permanently resolve the issue of [using] short-term fixes” to fund future investments in highway/bridge and transit capital projects.

March 10, 2015

Beyond Traffic

By the year 2045, will U.S. transportation be fossil or fantastic? HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge lookds at a new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

March 5, 2015

States Considering Highway Funding Options

While Capitol Hill may yet again slap an eleventh-hour cold patch on the highway-funding gap, state governments are moving ever more quickly and innovatively to put their infrastructure spending in order.

February 3, 2015

Analyzing President Obama’s Highway Plan

A “Budget Highlights” document issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation details how the $478 billion apportioned for spending on surface-transportation infrastructure over the next six years would be put to work.

February 2, 2015

Obama Ups the Ante on Highway Spending

President Obama has proposed $478 billion in spending on transportation infrastructure over the next six years in his $4 trillion budget proposal.

January 28, 2015

U.S. Senate Begins Work on Highway Bill

The U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee has launched its effort to draft a new highway bill with vows to work out political differences in order to restore the health of the nation’s infrastructure.

January 21, 2015

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Pay for Highway Bill

President Obama used his State of the Union address to repeat his call to reform corporate taxes and spend some of the proceeds on a long-term highway bill.

January 16, 2015

Missouri Bridges May See Truck Restrictions, Closures Due to Funding Problems

Missouri transportation officials have warned the state is short on cash when it comes to paying for road and bridge projects and that will result in some having to be put off while bridges may see reduced weight limits to being outright closed.

January 12, 2015

Key Transportation Legislator, Sen. Boxer, to Retire

Sen. Barbara Boxer, for many years a key transportation legislator, said she will not seek re-election in 2016.

November 21, 2014

Kentucky Fuel Taxes to Move Lower

The decrease reflects a drop in the calculated average wholesale price of motor fuels, as provided under Kentucky law, according to the state transportation department.

November 5, 2014

Republicans Will Take Charge of Senate Transportation Committees

The Republican sweep in the mid-term elections changes the players, but it is too soon to know how it will affect transportation policy.

October 30, 2014

Congress Lacks Vision to Support Infrastructure, LaHood Says

The Erie Canal, Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Interstate Highway System – all were built by men of vision, but today Congress lacks enough such people to rebuild America’s worn and aging infrastructure, said former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, calling for a 10-cent-a-gallon increase in the fuel tax.

October 14, 2014

Boxer Keeps Pressure on Highway Funding

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., continues to press for action on a highway bill this year, writing a letter last week to Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

October 2, 2014

Highway Bill: ‘Nowhere to Go But Up’

Undaunted by the conventional political view that Congress will accomplish nothing in the upcoming lame duck session, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., insists there is a chance to pass and fund a six-year highway program.

September 29, 2014

GAO Urges Improvements in TIGER Grant Process

The Department of Transportation still needs to improve its administration of a key grant program, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while the department has made improvements in the $4 billion TIGER program, it should add more detail to the guidelines it uses to choose recipients of the grants.

September 29, 2014

Boehner Says Highway Bill is ‘Doable’

A highway bill is “in the realm of the doable” in the next two years, said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in remarks on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. In a conversation with host George Stephanopoulos Boehner said that both he and President Obama came to Washington to get something done rather than butt heads.


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