IN THE NEWS — Articles From Around the Country

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Keeps All Options Open for Funding Infrastructure — The Trump administration still is sifting through a slew of financing mechanisms, from a vehicle miles traveled fee to a fuel tax, to bolster infrastructure funding, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. — Eleanor Lamb for Transport Topics — May 14, 2018

Small Business Committee Examines Infrastructure Needs — In the run-up to the annual Infrastructure Week nationwide advocacy event, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing on April 25 to highlight the state of America’s infrastructure and how it impacts small businesses. Committee Chairman Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, noted that small businesses – which make up 48 percent of the private sector and create almost 62 percent of all new jobs – are being negatively affected by the poor condition of the U.S. transportation system. — AASHTO Journal — May 4, 2018

Trump’s infrastructure push hits wall in Congress — Less than a month after its release, President Trump‘s infrastructure plan appears to have crashed and burned in Congress. Republicans are openly questioning whether action on the issue is likely, while their leaders are moving on to other priorities. — Mallory Shelbourne for The Hill — March 10, 2018

Drivers would pay tax on miles traveled under lawmaker’s plan — Drivers could pay a tax based on how many miles their vehicles travel under a plan being pushed by Missouri Rep. Sam Graves, who’s vying to become the powerful new chairman of the House Transportation Committee. While exact plans for such a tax remain vague, the fees could be calculated based on odometer checks, GPS devices, cellular technology or radio-frequency identification devices that would track how far a vehicle travels and charge drivers accordingly. — Lindsay Wise for Miami Herald — March 7, 2018

Poll: Voters are split on raising the gas tax — Voters are split on whether the federal gas tax should be increased to pay for infrastructure improvements, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Forty-six percent of respondents said that raising the tax would is a good idea, while 44 percent said it’s a bad idea. The survey comes after President Trump backed an increase in the gas tax during a meeting with lawmakers last week on infrastructure proposals. — Naomi Jagoda for The Hill — February 20, 2018

Trump urges GOP to consider a 25-cent hike in the gas tax — In a closed-door meeting on infrastructure with members of both parties, Trump pitched the idea of a 25-cent increase in the gas tax, which hasn’t been raised since 1993. There’s a growing rift among Republicans about whether it’s worth considering a tax hike to fund much-needed upgrades to America’s roads and bridges. — Heather Long for The Washington Post — February 14, 2018

How Trump Plans to Turn $200 Billion Into $1.5 Trillion in Infrastructure Spending — President Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan proposes that the federal government put up $200 billion in incentives and investments over 10 years, leaving state and local governments and private industry to come up with the rest. Here’s a look at how the plan may pan out, and what the challenges will be in turning $200 billion into $1.5 trillion. — Keith Collins and Patricia Cohen for The New York Times — February 12, 2018

Dems call for $1 trillion federal investment in infrastructure —  House Democrats on Thursday called for $1 trillion in federal dollars for an infrastructure overhaul, a proposal that comes just days ahead of the announcement of President Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure proposal. — Mallory Shelbourne for The Hill — February 8, 2018

Trump Ready to Release Infrastructure Plan Monday, Official Says — President Donald Trump expects to release on Monday his long-awaited plan to generate at least $1.5 trillion to upgrade U.S. roads, bridges, airports and other public works, according to a White House official. The White House plans to release about 30 to 40 pages of principles to kick off the process for producing legislation. The release will outline Trump’s strategy to generate new investment, streamline the project review and permitting process to two years or less and provide funding for projects in rural areas, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss policy that hasn’t been publicly announced. — Mark Niquette for Bloomberg — February 6, 2018

Five things to know about Trump’s leaked infrastructure draft — A draft of the Trump administration’s principles for an infrastructure plan leaked earlier this week, providing industry leaders and lawmakers with a glimpse of what might be coming from the White House this year. The undated document, obtained by The Hill, describes an infrastructure plan as a push for improvements to water infrastructure, transportation and Veterans Affairs facilities. — Mallory Shelbourne for The Hill — January 24, 2018