IN THE NEWS — Articles From Around the Country

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

Trump infrastructure package could be stretched too thin — Transportation advocates are growing worried that President Trump’s infrastructure package may end up getting spread too thin. — Melanie Zanona for The Hill — August 30, 2017

Motorists keep record pace on U.S. roads in June: DOT — Motorists drove 1.2 percent more miles on U.S. roads and highways in June than they did last year, continuing a record breaking pace, according to federal data released Tuesday. — Reuters staff — August 29, 2017

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