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Posts Tagged ‘Reauthorization’

Hardhats for Highways: Tell Congress How Many Jobs Are At Risk

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Hardhats for Highways is organizing a call to action for construction workers across the nation.

Starting April 1, 2014, contractors, construction business owners, labor leaders and everyone else representing constituents in the highway industry are asked to visit their Congressional delegations to deliver a hardhat. Every hat will be affixed with a sticker detailing the number of jobs at risk in each firm. If the deluge of hardhats piling up in offices throughout the nation don’t get Congress’ attention, the numbers certainly will.

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Are We Ignoring the Obvious Solution to the Transportation Funding Crisis?

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 24, No. 10

The July 23 hearing on the Highway Trust Fund made it painfully clear that neither the government witnesses —U.S. DOT’s Undersecretary for Policy Polly Trottenberg and CBO official Kim Cawley — nor any of the participating members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, had any clue as to how to pay for the hundreds of billions of dollars that transportation boosters say are needed to fund the next reauthorization.

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A First Tentative Step Toward Reauthorization

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 22, No. 30
Last month we noted some encouraging signs, based on informal indications, of a narrowing of the partisan divide in congressional posture toward transportation legislation (“Bridging the Partisan Divide,” Innovation NewsBriefs, October 10, 2011). The unanimous vote of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) on November 9 to approve the highway portion of the surface transportation reauthorization bill (S. 1813) has confirmed our initial impression.

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Chairman Mica Passes on the Offensive

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

In a blistering letter to Thomas Donohue, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Rep, John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, scolded the Chamber — and indirectly other critics of the proposed House transportation bill— for being “unable to recognize the reality that bankrupting the Highway Trust Fund and ignoring long overdue policy reforms are no longer options.”

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Transportation Community’s Response to House Republicans’ Reauthorization Proposal

Monday, July 11th, 2011

On Thursday, July 7th, Republican leaders of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure submitted a six-year transportation reauthorization proposal. The transportation community responded with mixed opinions, but many are concerned.

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Reflections on the Impending Congressional Transportation Actions

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

What about major new infrastructure investments? Undoubtedly, they will be necessary in the longer run because of the need to replace aging facilities and accommodate future growth in population. But major capital expenditures can be—indeed, will have to be —deferred until the recession has ended, the economy has started growing again and the federal budget deficit has been brought under control.

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House T&I Committee’s FY 2012 “Views and Estimates” Offers a First Glimpse Into the Committee’s Thinking About the Future Transportation Program

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Innovation NewsBriefs Vol. 22, No. 9 Reproduced below are some key quotes from a recently released House T&I Committee document, “Views and Estimates for Fiscal Year 2012.” They offer a first indication of the Committee’s position on the FY 2012 surface transportation budget and the reauthorization bill. The report confirms what congressional sources have been […]

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The Look and Feel of the New Congress

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

In my 22 years of covering the transportation scene, I cannot recall a time when we’ve been faced with a more unsettled and volatile policy environment. In the past, the trajectory of the federal surface transportation program was fairly predictable: with each reauthorization, the program was expanded in scope and increased in funding. This time it’s different. In the months ahead, Congress is likely to cut discretionary spending and this, I believe, will profoundly alter the scope of the federal role in transportation and the character of the federal transportation program.

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Invest in a Prosperous and Healthy America

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

We are well into the 21st century, but American transportation is still rooted firmly in the 20th. Our highways, transit and rail infrastructure need massive investment; further delay only hinders our economy and limits employment potential. Investments in a 21st century transportation system, as well as building the next generation of cleaner and electric vehicles, will create manufacturing jobs across the nation.

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Friday, February 4th, 2011

The recurring potential for severe cutbacks in Federal funding for state highway and transit programs combined with the significantly reduced purchasing power of motor fuels taxes is creating a near-term crisis for investment in our nation’s transportation assets.

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