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California slashes $754 million from transportation; DOT says impact of job delays, cuts could be billions

Jan 25, 2016

California slashes $754 million from transportation; DOT says impact of job delays, cuts could be billions

California will have significantly less money to spend on transportation over the next five years following the California Transportation Commission's decision to slash the Department of Transportation's budget. According to Caltrans, the commission decided to cut the budget by $754 million over ...

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Kentucky governor cuts $112.5 million from transportation budget

Jan 11, 2016

Kentucky governor cuts $112.5 million from transportation budget

Kentucky might see several road construction projects delayed after the governor ordered a $112.5 million cut – 5.6 percent – in the state's transportation budget. Gov. Matt Bevin issued the budget reduction order this Monday to offset an expected shortfall in ...

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Amendment aims to raise federal gas tax as part of long-term transportation bill

Nov 03, 2015

Amendment aims to raise federal gas tax as part of long-term transportation bill

An amendment to the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act (HR 3763) filed late last week aims to raise federal gas and diesel taxes by 15 cents over a three period and would tie them to inflation. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) ...

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House Majority Leader on gas tax increase: ‘Let’s think of something else’

Jun 22, 2015

House Majority Leader on gas tax increase: ‘Let’s think of something else’

The House Majority Leader thinks lawmakers on Capitol Hill should come up with alternative funding for transportation because a gas tax increase isn't politically feasible. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that highway funding is a "major ...

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Lawmakers file bill to get rid of the federal gas tax completely

Jun 11, 2015

Lawmakers file bill to get rid of the federal gas tax completely

As the future of federal transportation funding remains up in the air, two Republican lawmakers have filed a bill that would take the feds out of the road business permanently. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) filed the ...

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Georgia Construction Aggregate Association hires public affairs expert as its new executive director

Apr 20, 2015

Georgia Construction Aggregate Association hires public affairs expert as its new executive director

There is a new face at the helm of the Georgia Construction Aggregate Association (GCAA): Jeff Wansley. He succeeds long-time Executive Director John Cardosa, who retired earlier this year. “As we look to the future of our organization, we could not ...

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Raising gas taxes gets bipartisan support from governors

Feb 18, 2015

Raising gas taxes gets bipartisan support from governors

Though Congress is not expected to act on it anytime soon, raising the gas tax this year is getting bipartisan support from governors in at least a dozen states, thanks, in part, to lower gas prices. According to a report ...

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Obama wants ‘bipartisan infrastructure plan,’ no mention of gas tax hike

Jan 21, 2015

Obama wants ‘bipartisan infrastructure plan,’ no mention of gas tax hike

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama called for Congress to pass a “bipartisan infrastructure plan.” However, Obama never mentioned the possibility of raising the federal gas tax. “21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure  — ...

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President Obama calls America’s infrastructure ’embarrassing’

Dec 03, 2014

President Obama calls America’s infrastructure ’embarrassing’

President Obama is embarrassed by the current state of America's transportation infrastructure and he made no bones about it while talking to corporate leaders. "I’d much rather have our problems than China’s problems. That I’m confident about. On the other hand, ...

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DOL and industry roundtable convenes to talk roads, jobs, and safety

Oct 31, 2014

DOL and industry roundtable convenes to talk roads, jobs, and safety

Collaboration with the aggregates industry regarding challenges facing it and the nation was the focus of an Oct. 20 roundtable convened by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, with input from Assistant Secretary of Labor Joe Main. The roundtable included members ...

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Ray LaHood calls for ‘a big pot of money’ to fix America’s roads and bridges

Oct 30, 2014

Ray LaHood calls for ‘a big pot of money’ to fix America’s roads and bridges

Continuing his “America is one big pothole” theme, former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood used an appearance at a Caterpillar press event Wednesday night to lambast the present direction of U.S. transportation policy. Calling the 2-year transportation bill passed ...

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Short-term patch on hold while Senate panel sorts out spending concerns

Jun 26, 2014

Short-term patch on hold while Senate panel sorts out spending concerns

The Senate Finance Committee has delayed its vote on a proposed short-term patch that would provide funding for transportation infrastructure projects through Dec. 31, The Hill reports. During a markup of the Preserving America’s Transit and Highways (PATH) Act Chairman Ron ...

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