Entries by Nadine Westcott

Senate passes gas tax for road fund, but governor vows veto – The New Mexico Senate, hoping to improve state roads and rebuild cash reserves, approved a bill Thursday that would increase the state gasoline tax for the first time in more than 20 years. But the bill has little chance of becoming law. – Bruce […]

Gov. Doug Ducey sends roads wish list to Trump administration, vows no gas-tax hike – Unwilling to consider a gas-tax increase, Gov. Doug Ducey is now counting on the Trump administration to help Arizona deal with its road construction needs. Or at least a small percentage of them. – Howard Fischer for Arizona Daily Star – March […]

White House Says It Will Kick Off Infrastructure Planning Thursday – President Donald Trump’s administration will convene a meeting of at least 15 federal agencies Thursday as a first government-wide step toward crafting the president’s $1 trillion infrastructure initiative, a senior White House official said. – Mark Niquette for Bloomberg

Sen. Deb Fischer has a plan to fast-track infrastructure funding – Legislation mixing infrastructure funding with reform to the regulatory processes needed to approve massive highway projects could be part of the solution to the nation’s road improvement needs. – Kyle Feldscher for the Washington Examiner

GOP Senator floats new highway funding bill – A rural Republican senator is floating a new idea to pay for federal highway aid and boost other transportation projects around the country. – Melanie Zanona for The Hill – February 2, 2017

House begins quest for funding for Trump’s infrastructure plan, but is it ‘same rhetoric’ as always? – The House hearing intended to raise the curtain on President Trump’s call for infrastructure investment was into its third hour Wednesday when the time came for Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) to speak up. “We’re having the same conversation,” she […]

U.S. Senate approves Chao to lead Transportation Department – Elaine Chao, a former top U.S. labor official, was sworn in on Tuesday to lead the U.S. Transportation Department, which overseas aviation, vehicle, train and pipeline safety. Chao, a former U.S. labor secretary and deputy transportation secretary, took office hours after the U.S. Senate voted 93 to […]

Gas tax increase posed as a solution to failing roads – Moderately low gas prices and an increasingly dire budget situation in the state has lawmakers eyeing new sources for revenue. Gov. Susana Martinez has adamantly opposed any new or increased taxes, but some lawmakers are looking to grab several more cents from drivers at the […]

Pence Talks Up ‘Big’ Project Investment Plan; Poll Shows Resistance to Toll Financing – Incoming Vice President Mike Pence assured mayors that the Trump administration would follow through on campaign promises to launch a “big” infrastructure investment program. – AASHTO Journal – January 20, 2017