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States Wrap Up 2017 Legislative Session

Many state legislatures have already adjourned their session until 2018 while others are nearing the halfway point. Now is a good time to review what progress has been made on infrastructure issues. Despite mixed outcomes, transportation was once again at the top of the “to do lists” of many legislative chambers in 2017. Five states......

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Majority of House Signs Letter Asking to Fix the Highway Trust Fund

Yesterday 253 congressmen sent a letter to the leadership of the House Ways & Means Committee asking that a long-term fix for Highway Trust Fund be included in their tax reform efforts. “As the Committee on Ways and Means continues to work toward a much-needed update of the U.S. tax code, you have an opportunity......

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President Trump Announces “Massive Permit Reform” Push

Capping off his Administration’s ‘Infrastructure Week,’ President Trump held an event this morning on permitting reform at the U.S. Department of Transportation. President Trump, joined by Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, met with heads of state departments of transportation and then addressed a group of transportation officials and stakeholders.......

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Drinking Water & Wastewater Discussed at the Sharing Water: A North American Regional Process for the 8th World Water Forum

On June 5, 2017, the World Wildlife Fund, the Coca-Cola Company, and the World Water Council co-hosted “Sharing Water,” an all-day conference in Washington, D.C. focused on sharing water across people, governments, businesses, and nature. This event, which featured D.C. Water’s CEO George Hawkins, Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver of Flint, Michigan, and speakers from the......

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Sens. Hoeven and Wyden Reintroduce Move America Act

Sens. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) recently re-introduced their Move America Act to expand the availability of tax-exempt bonds and create a new tax credit, bringing more private capital into infrastructure and giving states more flexibility to pursue infrastructure projects. The legislation creates Move America Bonds, expanding private activity bonds, which encourage private......

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Legislation to Create National Infrastructure Bank Reintroduced

Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), along with seven other bipartisan cosponsors, recently introduced S. 1168 – BRIDGE Act to establish a national infrastructure bank to give state and local governments another tool in the toolbox for financing infrastructure projects. The bank would help state and local governments better leverage private funds to......

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It’s National Dam Safety Awareness Day

In early 2017, the nation watched as nearly 200,000 residents evacuated the area below California’s Oroville Dam. The high-profile incident brought increased attention to the many challenges facing our nation’s dams, most recently graded a “D” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. Lessening risk and increasing information are major strides we can take to raise......

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Trump Administration Proposes Budget

On May 23, 2017, President Donald Trump released his budget request for Fiscal Year 2018, which follows the blueprint, or “skinny,” budget released in March 2017. The proposal cuts funding for all federal departments except the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security. The agency with the largest percentage decrease in funding is the......

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Infrastructure Week: Time to Build

The fifth annual Infrastructure Week is underway.  More than 100 events are being held around the country this week, with the goal of elevating infrastructure as a critical issue impacting all Americans. Things kicked off Monday morning with an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, featuring Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Los Angeles Mayor Eric......

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