IN THE NEWS — Articles From Around the Country

Denver’s 34-year deal at DIA might be the city’s first big public-private partnership, but don’t expect it to be the last — Denver International Airport’s proposed $1.8 billion terminal deal is poised to launch the city into a different kind of contracting that hands over some control of a publicly owned space to private interests for decades. — Jon Murray for The Denver Post — August 13, 2017

House panel backs bill to slash Transportation funding — A House panel approved legislation late Monday evening that would slash funding for the Department of Transportation (DOT) after rejecting a Democratic effort to add a $200 billion infrastructure package to the bill. — Melanie Zanona for The Hill — July 17, 2017

Bill would repeal minimum pay for Wisconsin road workers and allow single firm to design, build highways — Bill would repeal minimum pay for Wisconsin road workers and allow single firm to design, build highways — Journal Sentinel — Jason Stein for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — July 16, 2017

Chao talks Trump infrastructure plan in Louisville speech — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Friday that “nothing is off the table” as President Trump’s administration assembles a 10-year infrastructure plan, including the possibility of a federal gasoline tax increase. — Marcus Green for WDRB — July 14, 2017

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 Krasnow for The Santa Fe New Mexican – March 2, 2017

Scott Walker: State should find transportation savings in changing road use trends – Transportation officials should not only look for more efficient ways to complete roads projects, but also look at road use trends to modify future plans, Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday. “We want to make sure that we’re using every dollar wisely,” Walker told reporters after speaking at a Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce event in Madison. –  Jessie Opoien for The Capital Times – March 2, 2017

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 2, 2017

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