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DeFazio Tackles the Eternal Question…How to Fund the Highway Trust Fund?

With each passing day we are getting closer to September 30, 2014, the day when MAP-21, the legislation funding surface transportation programs, will expire. Therefore, even though Congress just passed a surface transportation bill last summer, work already must be underway on the next bill. However, before Congress can pass another surface transportation reauthorization, a......

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The Grades Are Out!

The new ASCE 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure is now available at www.infrastructurereportcard.org and as a tablet and phone app on the iTunes and Google Play stores. Every four years, ASCE issues the Report Card which evaluates conditions and investment needs for major sectors of infrastructure — including roads, bridges, drinking water systems, ports,......

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Vermont Section Supporting Transportation Funding Plan

ASCE’s Vermont Section has been active over the last week in support of a proposed transportation funding plan that includes an increase in the state’s gas tax.  The Section sent a letter last week to the Governor, legislative leaders and members of the House and Senate Transportation Committees in support.  Additionally, ASCE has issued a......

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Continuing Resolution Puts Transportation Funds At Risk

Congress will need to pass another continuing resolution (CR) before March 27 to keep the federal government funded. The House last week passed a continuing resolution which shorts transportation programs by more than $700 million. The House CR does not incorporate the carefully achieved consensus on transportation funding found in MAP-21.  These cuts from MAP-21......

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Another Win for ASCE State Legislative Efforts

Last week we highlighted a win for ASCE in Wisconsin and brought up the possibility of success in Virginia. Well, last Saturday, February 23, the Virginia General Assembly ended it’s annual session with passage of a sweeping transportation deal.  On the last day of the session, the Senate gave its blessing to a plan that......

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Obama Expands On Infrastructure Proposals

President Obama last week provided more detailson his infrastructure plans that were first mentioned during the State of the Union address. The administration released a fact sheet that offers some specifics, however many of the details will still have to wait until the President releases his budget proposal in a few weeks. The announcement this......

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ASCE contributes to legislative success in Wisconsin. Will Virginia be next?

Last week ASCE sent a Key Alert to its members in Wisconsin urging passage of legislation that would allow an amendment to the state constitution to protect transportation funding.  The passed measure, Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 2, allows the citizens of Wisconsin to vote on amending the state constitution to protect transportation funds intended for......

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Delaney Enters the Innovative Financing Fray

Freshman Member of Congress, John Delaney (D-MD), recently announced that he will be introducing an infrastructure funding bill which would create the Office of Infrastructure Investment and the American Infrastructure Fund. The proposal would develop a large scale financing mechanism for transportation, energy, communication, water, and educational infrastructure using a public-private partnership modal. According to......

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U.S. Chamber Holds Infrastructure Summit

The US Chamber of Commerce held a Transportation and Infrastructure Summit this last Wednesday. The event highlighted the need to invest in our nation’s infrastructure and the effects that those investments have on the economy. The day kicked off with opening remarks from US Chamber President, Tom Donahue, who pushed the need to establish a long......

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The Federal Role in Infrastructure

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to examine the federal role in infrastructure.  The hearing came the day after President Obama proclaimed in his State of the Union address that that nation must make a commitment to fix the infrastructure that we have. Chairman Shuster (R-PA) put together an A-list......

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