IN THE NEWS — Articles From Around the Country

Top GOP Senator won’t rule out gas tax hike for infrastructure upgrades — The Senate’s No. 3 Republican left the door open on Tuesday to raising the federal gasoline tax to pay for infrastructure improvements — an idea currently being considered by the White House, but one that has repeatedly run into a buzz saw of opposition on Capitol Hill. — Melanie Zanona for The Hill — October 31, 2017

GOP chairman: No appetite for gas tax hike now in House — The head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said on Thursday that there is little appetite in the lower chamber right now for a hike in the federal gasoline tax. — Melanie Zanona for The Hill — October 26, 2017

New California gas tax hike goes into effect Nov. 1 — California’s new gas tax hike goes into effect Nov. 1 — a time when drivers across the state are already paying some of the highest fuel taxes in the nation. — Mike Luery for KCRA 3

Rep. Blumenauer, ATA show bipartisanship is possible on highway funding — Inside a small conference room, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and members of the committee met for about 30 minutes, attempting to find ways to advance long-term infrastructure funding at the federal level. — Neil Abt for FleetOwner — October 24, 2017

Trump officials assure Republicans an infrastructure plan is coming — The White House reassured Senate Republicans that President Trump remains committed to rebuilding U.S. roads, bridges, airports and other public works, according to lawmakers who attended a meeting with administration officials on Wednesday. — Melanie  Zanona for The Hill — October 18, 2017

Major Effort Underway to Repeal California Gas Tax Hike — Republicans’ latest effort to repeal California’s upcoming gas tax increase received a boost Wednesday from members of Congress and GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox, who said he would spend “significant” money to help put the initiative on next year’s ballot. — CBS Los Angeles / Associated Press — October 18, 2017

FHWA Awards More than $15 Million to Six States for Exploring New Ways to Pay for Highways — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced $15.5 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to six states that are exploring new ways to fund highway and bridge projects. Alternatives to conventional financing are seen as imperative, FHWA officials said, due to the Highway Trust Fund’s gradual inability to keep pace with increasing construction and repair costs nationwide. — Nancy Singer for FHWA — October 6, 2017

Supreme Court takes up case that will devastate public sector unions — In what is all but certain to be a terrible blow to organized labor, the Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it will hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case seeking to defund public sector unions. The case presents an issue that was recently before the Court, and where the justices split 4-4 along party lines. — Ian Millhiser for Think Progress — September 28, 2017

Trump Wants States and Cities to Pay More for Infrastructure — The White House envisions that a long-promised infrastructure package would streamline the federal approval process for major projects and also require states and localities to shoulder more of the financial burden for building them. It’s a shift in focus from the Obama administration, which had pledged to increase infrastructure funding but never came up with a long-term solution. — Daniel C. Vock for Governing — August 31, 2017

White House wants to help states, cities offload infrastructure — U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration told state and local officials on Wednesday that it will use its infrastructure plan to create incentives for the private sector to finance or take over public entities like bridges, tunnels and highways. — David Shepardson for Reuters — August 30, 2017