IN THE NEWS — Articles From Around the Country

Trump’s infrastructure plan likely to take shape later in spring – President-elect Donald Trump’s promised infrastructure package will likely take shape after his first 100 days in office, according to top Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill. – Melanie Zanona for The Hill – January 4, 2017

Public Infrastructure as Stealth Privatization – Donald Trump hasn’t released an infrastructure plan but has given a good sense of the direction his administration will take. His proposal will likely use giant tax breaks to spur a massive increase in private control of public infrastructure in what David Dayen has called a “privatization fire sale.” – Donald Cohen for The American Prospect – December 21, 2016

Trump team plans for infrastructure ‘task force’ to advance top spending priority – President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to create an infrastructure “task force” that will help carry out the ambitious federal spending program he intends to undertake upon taking office, according to several individuals briefed on his plans. – Julie Eilperin and Steven Mufson for The Washington Post – December 20, 2016

Trump’s Commitment to Infrastructure Vow Is Being Questioned – It’s not at all clear that President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to spend massively on infrastructure are going to unfold as he promised. – Joan Lowy for the Associated Press – December 20, 2016

Washington to being testing a pay-by-mile tax – In fall 2017, the state of Washington will begin a pilot program, testing a system of charging drivers for the number of miles traveled, instead of charging them a gas tax. – Natasha Chen for KIRO7 – December 13, 2016

Walker standing firm on opposition to gas tax hike – The governor says he’s been pretty clear about his promise not to raise taxes or fees to help fund transportation in the state, and he plans to stand by it next spring. – Andrew Beckett for Wisconsin Radio Network – December 13, 2016

Commission says state needs $574 million for transportation projects – The Oregon Transportation Commission has recommended state legislators boost transportation spending by $574 million a year to upgrade roads and bridges and relieve traffic congestion in metro areas. – Paris Achen for Portland Tribune – December 13, 2016

California allocates $236 million for 40 transportation projects – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $236 million for 40 transportation projects across the state. – Chris Hill for Equipment World’s Better Roads – December 13, 2016

Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan wouldn’t actually fix America’s infrastructure problems – Donald Trump loves the idea of infrastructure. He brings it up all the time. He wants to make an infrastructure bill a priority in his first 100 days as president. And Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have said they’d love to work with him on this. – Brad Palmer for Vox – November 17, 2016

Sustainable infrastructure after the Automobile Age – The Breakthrough American infrastructure of the early 19th century was the Erie Canal, which connected the Midwest farm belt with the Port of New York and the eastern seaboard. In the second half of the 19th century, the railroad offered the next infrastructure revolution by connecting the two oceans and the continent in between. In the middle of the last century, the transformational infrastructure was the Interstate Highway System, consummating America’s 20th-century love affair with the automobile. Each new wave of infrastructure underpinned a half-century of economic growth. – Jeffrey D. Sachs for The Boston Globe – September 26, 2016