IN THE NEWS — Articles From Around the Country

Koch Brothers-Linked Group Declares New War on Unions — Following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that millions of public sector workers can stop paying union fees, a group tied to Republican billionaires long opposed to organized labor and its support of the Democratic Party has pledged to build on the landmark ruling to further marginalize employee representation. — Josh Eidelson for Bloomberg — June 27, 2018

Texas cities want millennials living downtown. So why does the state keep building highways to the suburbs? — As the neighborhoods in and around downtown Dallas redeveloped in recent decades, they became hotbeds for millennials who, more than their parents did, rely on everything from walking and shared bikes to light-rail trains and ride-hailing apps to get around. — Brandon Formby for The Texas Tribune — June 26, 2018

Engineers Give Kansas A ‘C’ For Infrastructure, But Roads Barely Pass — Kansas received a passing grade for its highways earlier this week when the state’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers released its latest “infrastructure report card.” However, the engineers also warned that sweeping cuts to Kansas Department of Transportation funding are still causing roadways to suffer. — Sophia Tulp for KMUW — June 25, 2018

Gas tax repeal will go before California voters in November — California voters will decide this fall whether to overturn a recent increase to state gasoline and diesel taxes that has raised billions of dollars for road repairs and other transportation projects.  Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that an initiative to repeal the tax hikes, as well as new vehicle registration fees, has qualified for the November ballot. — Alexei Koseff The Sacramento Beefor  — June 25, 2018

Transportation advocates to regroup after amendment failure — Local transportation advocates are disappointed the Minnesota Legislature didn’t sign off on a constitutional amendment to dedicate auto parts sales and repair taxes toward fixing roads and bridges. The amendment would have meant about $250 million in auto-parts sales taxes would be set aside for transportation projects each year. Advocates argued the approach would mean just as much funding as a 9-cent gas tax increase. — Trey Mewes for The Free Press — June 3, 2018

Over Half of Highway Contractors Experience Work Zone Crashes, AGC Survey Finds — A national surveywork zone crashes — A  of 550 highway contractors conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America found that 54 percent of them said motor vehicles crashed into their construction work zones during the past year. On top of that, 48 percent of contractors who experienced  reported injuries to either motor vehicle operators or passengers, while 24 percent of those crashes involved a driver or passenger fatality. — AASHTO Journal — June 1, 2018

Federal infrastructure plan could borrow from Southern Nevada — Federal lawmakers could follow Southern Nevada’s lead in implementing a fuel revenue indexing tax to help fund infrastructure projects, including an extension of Interstate 11 from Hoover Dam to Phoenix, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee said Tuesday. Without providing specifics, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said he is working with Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., in crafting an infrastructure policy plan set for release in June, aimed at building and repairing roads, bridges, airports, seaports and other facilities nationwide. — Art Marroquin for the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Trump’s infrastructure plan hits a dead end — President Trump’s legislative framework for a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s infrastructure appears all but dead in Congress. Lawmakers are focused on other legislative matters, and Democrats say the latest “infrastructure week” that started Sunday has done little to reinvigorate the president’s plan. — Mallory Shelbourne for The Hill — May 17, 2018

Transportation funding emerging as election battleground issue in Wisconsin — The fight over road funding in Wisconsin seem like it’s turning into an election issue for this fall. And maybe it should, says Onalaska state rep. Steve Doyle, because the lack of state help to local governments to fix roads has created some chronically bad road situations. — Mitch Reynolds for WIZM News Talk — May 16, 2018

Webinar Examines the Road Ahead for Highway Funding — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials along with the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association held a free live-streaming webinar on May 14 entitled The State of Highway Investment: Plans, Promises and Predictions, focusing on both current trends and future plans for federal, state, and local surface transportation investments – especially in terms of what’s happening now with “road dollars” and what’s likely to happen in the near future. — AASHTO News Notes — May 15, 2018