Tags: transportation funding

Top transportation senators reveal priorities for new highway bill

Apr 11, 2014

Top transportation senators reveal priorities for new highway bill

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she and three other top transportation senators have “reached an agreement in principle on a transportation bill.” During a press conference, Boxer, who is chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, — ...

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House GOP budget proposal offers Highway Trust Fund solution; transportation advocates aren’t impressed

Apr 04, 2014

House GOP budget proposal offers Highway Trust Fund solution; transportation advocates aren’t impressed

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Budget Committee chairman, on Tuesday introduced the fiscal year 2015 House Republican budget, which offers a solution for the nearly insolvent Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The HTF -- the main source of funding for state and ...

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DOT says Highway Trust Fund could run out in late July

Mar 18, 2014

DOT says Highway Trust Fund could run out in late July

The U.S. Department of Transportation has updated its Highway Trust Fund Ticker, and a chart on the page shows that the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) could shortfall as early as the end of July. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx introduced the Highway ...

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Transportation advocates dissatisfied with State of the Union address

Jan 30, 2014

Transportation advocates dissatisfied with State of the Union address

Transportation advocates are expressing dissatisfaction with the State of the Union address that President Obama delivered Tuesday night. Our sister site Better Roads reports that the speech only briefly addressed transportation issues, with the topic buried beneath the president’s push for ...

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Government spending bill includes $71.3 billion for DOT

Jan 17, 2014

Government spending bill includes $71.3 billion for DOT

Congress on Thursday passed a $1 trillion government spending bill for 2014, which includes a total of $71.3 billion for the Department of Transportation (DOT), our sister site Better Roads reports. The omnibus bill provides $17.8 billion in discretionary (optional) appropriations ...

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Rep. Shuster wants Transportation Committee to pass transportation bill by August

Jan 16, 2014

Rep. Shuster wants Transportation Committee to pass transportation bill by August

Can a new transportation bill hit the House floor by August? Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) seems to think so. Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said during a committee hearing on Tuesday that he wants the new transportation ...

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Oklahoma could see 7% production tax on aggregates

Jan 13, 2014

Oklahoma could see 7% production tax on aggregates

A proposed bill in the Oklahoma legislature would allow counties to tax aggregates producers up to 7 percent for the production of silica, sand, gravel and more, NewsOK reports. The bill, HB 1876, would allow each county to tax aggregates production ...

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No gas tax hike for Mississippi; Lt. Gov. Reeves looks to restricted bond bill for funding

Jan 10, 2014

No gas tax hike for Mississippi; Lt. Gov. Reeves looks to restricted bond bill for funding

Mississippi isn’t likely to see an increase in the statewide gas tax anytime soon. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he won’t support raising Mississippi’s 18-cent-per-gallon fuel tax, our sister site Better Roads reports. He said although highway maintenance is vital ...

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Congressional bill would remove federal transportation funding

Nov 15, 2013

Congressional bill would remove federal transportation funding

Two lawmakers have filed a bill that would gradually eliminate federal funding for transportation infrastructure projects, according to a report from our sister site, Better Roads. The measure, known as Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA), was introduced by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) ...

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Senate Commerce Committee to hold hearing Tuesday on private transportation funding

Sep 24, 2013

Senate Commerce Committee to hold hearing Tuesday on private transportation funding

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on potential private sector sources of transportation infrastructure funding, according to a report from our sister site, Better Roads. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) ...

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Guest Blog: Construction forecast holds promise, highways remain flat

Aug 09, 2013

Guest Blog: Construction forecast holds promise, highways remain flat

Earnings reports from the construction aggregate sector show that there is improvement in the economic and construction industry fundamentals that drive demand for crushed stone, sand and gravel. Data on housing starts and private non-residential construction continues to be positive, leading ...

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Texas Legislature approves measure to increase transportation spending by $1.2 billion

Aug 07, 2013

Texas Legislature approves measure to increase transportation spending by $1.2 billion

The Texas Legislature on Monday night approved a constitutional amendment that would add about $1.2 billion annually to the state’s transportation spending, according to a report from our sister site, Better Roads. The money would come from a portion of oil ...

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