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Posts Tagged ‘TIFIA’

A Credible Funding Solution for Transportation

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 6
As we have argued in recent columns, no one disputes President Obama’s and the infrastructure advocates’ claim that some of America’s transportation facilities, are reaching the limit of their useful life and need reconstruction. Nor does any one disagree about the need to expand infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 23, No. 32
At a post-election analysis of federal transportation policy convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Eno Center for Transportation on November 30, a panel of transportation insiders touched upon a variety of familiar questions. Is an increase in the gasoline tax truly off the table? Should it be?

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Higher Gas Tax Unlikely to Gain Support in U.S. Congress

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 23, No. 31

Although some infrastructure advocates are hoping to use the current budget negotiations to win support for an increase in the federal gasoline tax, the idea is unlikely to gain support in Congress or the Administration. While the 2010 Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission proposed raising the federal gas tax by 15 cents/gallon as part of a broad deficit-reduction plan, neither House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) nor Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have endorsed the idea.

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Transportation Infrastructure in the Post MAP-21 Era

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 23, No. 27
Proponents of a more robust level of spending for transportation infrastructure ignore the political realities. With mounting deficits and the shadow of a $16 trillion debt hovering over all fiscal decisions, Congress is not about to vastly increase spending on transportation. Concern about deteriorating infrastructure has failed to resonate with the electorate during the election campaign.

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Taking a Critical Look at the Senate Highway Bill

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 18Over the last several weeks, members of the House conference committee and their staffs have been poring over  the 1,600-page Senate bill (MAP-21), trying to fathom its complex and sometimes obscure finance and revenue provisions. Lately, a detailed analysis by the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation  has made the […]

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What USDOT Wants In – and Out of – a Final Transportation Bill

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Transportation Issues Daily USDOT has officially expressed what it wants in and out of a final federal transportation bill. Instead of beginning with what the Administration supports, the letter begins with what it dislikes.  First up is the threat to veto the transportation bill if it includes the Keystone XL language. Next up is opposition to […]

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A Fresh Look at the Prospects for Transportation in the New Congress

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Last month we conducted an informal survey among colleagues in the transportation community about the outlook for the federal surface transportation program in the year(s) ahead…One comment from a veteran transportation insider summed up concisely the collective mindset: “There will be nothing ‘transformational’ about the future program,” he opined.

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