IN THE NEWS — Articles From Around the Country

House Passes Highway Bill as Deadline Looms

July 15, 2014 (Associated Press) – WASHINGTON –With an August deadline looming, the House voted Tuesday to temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put them on a sound financial footing for the long term. Read the full story.

Short-Term Highway Fund Boost Gets Both Parties’ Support

July 10, 2014 (Bloomberg News) – WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in Congress are uniting behind a plan to replenish the U.S. fund for road and mass-transit projects through May 2015 as they delay a debate over raising taxes for long-term infrastructure financing. Read the full story.

House Proposes $10.5B Eight Month Highway Bill

July 8, 2014 (The Hill) – WASHINGTON – The House Ways and Means Committee is proposing a $10.5 billion, eight-month transportation funding bill to push the debate over road and transit spending into the next Congress. Read the full story.

Dem Bill Would Pay for Highway Trust Fund by Closing Corporate Tax Breaks

July 3, 2014 (The Hill) — WASHINGTON — Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) have introduced a bill that would maintain the Highway Trust Fund, which is expected to dry up this summer, by closing tax breaks for corporate expatriations. Read the full story.

Obama Says No Executive Action on Transportation Funding

July 3, 2014 (The Hill) — WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that he would have to rely on Congress to approve a transportation funding fix, even as he has goaded GOP critics of his executive actions in other areas. Read the full story.

White House to Congress – Fix Highway Funding After Recess

2014 (The Hill) — WASHINGTON — The White House said Thursday that Congress will have to make preventing a bankruptcy in federal transportation funding a priority after the Fourth of July holiday break. Read the full story.

Obama Urges Congress to Fund Infrastructure Projects

July 1, 2014 (New York Times) — WASHINGTON — President Obama called on congressional Republicans on Tuesday to take quick action to fund infrastructure projects throughout the country, arguing that failing to do so could mean huge layoffs for Americans this year. Read the full story.

Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

June 18, 2014 (Washington Post) — WASHINGTON — Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress’ struggle to pay for highway and transit programs. Read the full story.

Lawmakers Want State to Study if Mileage Fee Could Replace Gas Tax

May 14, 2014 (Los Angeles Times) — With California’s gas tax unable to keep up with road maintenance needs, one state lawmaker has proposed a study to determine the feasibility of instead taxing motorists based on the number of miles they drive. Read the full story.

Not Getting Their Money’s Worth

January 4, 2014 (New York Times) — At first glance, two recent crises to hit the White House — the revelations about unlawful surveillance and the botched health care rollout — have nothing in common. But each is a reminder of the increasing extent to which government work has been contracted out to private-sector companies. Currently, Washington spends about $500 billion a year on private-sector contracts, more than twice the amount in 2000. Read the full story.