IN THE NEWS — Articles From Around the Country

Obama signs short-term highway funding extension – President Obama on Friday signed a two-month extension of highway funding into law, the White House announced in an evening statement. The measure, dubbed the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, extends several aspects of infrastructure funding through the end of July. – Jesse Byrnes in The Hill – May 29, 2015

Oregon tries taxing drivers by the mile – Oregon is testing a new system that would tax drivers by the mile to pay for transportation projects. – Keith Laing in The Hill – June 1, 2015

Clock ticks down on highway funding – Congress has just weeks to sift through several options for short-term highway funding, as Republicans scramble to ensure that a shutdown of infrastructure projects doesn’t occur this summer. – Bernie Becker, Keith Laing in The Hill – May 7, 2015

How Tax Reform Could Help Save U.S. Infrastructure – Less than four months before federal government and state officials must confront another highway and mass transit funding crisis, two key individuals are pressing the cases for major tax reform to eliminate shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund. – Eric Pianin in The Fiscal Times – February 17, 2015

Biden pushes for infrastructure funding deal – Vice President Biden pushed lawmakers on Thursday to reach a deal on boosting U.S. infrastructure funding this year.  – Keith Laing in The Hill – January 22, 2015

NJ Transportation Chief: Route 3 Cracks Widened Over Months – A section of a New Jersey bridge was closed because of fears that widening cracks could lead to its collapse, the state’s transportation commissioner said Thursday. – CBS New York/Associated Press – January 22, 2015

Gas tax push on fumes, House chairman says – Congress is unlikely to pass an increase in the federal gas tax this year, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee said Thursday. – Kevin Laing in The Hill – January 22, 2015

GOP targets budget process for tax reform – Several influential Republicans want to use a filibuster-proof budget procedure to overhaul the corporate tax code — rather than wield it as a weapon against Obamacare, as conservatives are demanding. – Manu Raju and Burgess Everett in Politico– January 13, 2015

Momentum builds in Congress for raising the federal gas tax – Record-low gas prices across the U.S. have given rise to fresh talk in Washington of raising the federal gas tax for the first time in over 20 years, with leading Republicans now saying a hike must not be ruled out. – Laura Barron-Lopez and Keith Laing in The Hill – January 9, 2015