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Infrastructure Issues Kick Off 2017 State Legislative Sessions

By the end of this week 40 states will have begun their legislative sessions.  With it comes the pomp and circumstance of swearing in ceremonies, gubernatorial inaugurations, committee assignments and, most importantly, settling in to do great work for the people of their state. As we’ve previously looked at states gearing up to make major......

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2015 State Government Relations Year in Review

2015 once again proved that states are where the action is! Gavel to gavel, ASCE kept a watchful eye on legislative sessions in all 50 states, worked on ballot initiatives in 4 states, and travelled coast to coast educating members on how to engage elected officials, and reaching out to legislators to spread the message......

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HBO comedy program, new rail legislation bring hope for infrastructure renewal

When our nation’s infrastructure woes become the source of comedic entertainment on a major cable channel—it underscores that the problem must be addressed.  Fortunately, action on Capitol Hill pressing for funding legislation and transportation reform is already underway. It is not news that our nation’s roads, bridges and transit need maintenance, but when popular television......

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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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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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House Guts EPA Spending on Infrastructure to Curtail Regulations

A House subcommittee has approved a spending bill for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for fiscal year 2013 that seeks to drastically cut back on new federal environmental rules through the simple expedient of imposing major budget cuts on the agency.  In years past House Republicans used prohibitory language in appropriations acts to bar the......

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Transportation Appropriations Heading to House Floor

The House Appropriations Committee marked up the Transportation and Housing & Urban Development appropriations bill, which passed by voice vote. The bill’s overall total of $51.6 billion in discretionary spending would be $3.9 billion less than fiscal 2012 and $1.9 billion less than the president’s request, however due to the current economic climate the cuts......

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