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Annual Study Updates Impact Of Traffic Congestion On Job Access Within Major U.S. Cities — The latest research updates for an annual study overseen by the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota estimates the impact of traffic congestion on access to jobs indicates that Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco are now the top three U.S. metropolitan areas for “loss in job accessibility” due to traffic congestion. — AASHTO Journal — October 26, 2018

County experts talk more money for roads and bridges — Driving in traffic, running over a pothole or facing road closures.  “Our infrastructure has really gotten to the critical stage. We’re actually looking at some 60 year old roads that we are thinking of cutting back to dirt or gravel,” said Henry County Probate Judge David Money. — Lydia Nusbaum for WSFA12 News — October 25, 2018

How Would a Split Congress Deal with Infrastructure Bills? — Midterm election predictions at ENR press time give Democrats a decent chance of taking a House majority and Republicans retaining their Senate hold. That forecast isn’t a sure thing. But if it proves true on Nov. 6, construction views are split about whether a big infrastructure bill will fly in a divided Congress. — Tom Ichniowski for Engineering News-Record — October 24, 2018

Why not to bet on a $1 trillion infrastructure deal — President Donald Trump and key Democrats are talking about a possible grand bargain on infrastructure, with each side suggesting they could cooperate on a trillion dollar plan if control of the House flips next month. But basic math and the tortured history of past infrastructure initiatives suggest they are likely to be disappointed once again. — Tanya Snyder for Politico — October 22, 2018

President Calls For 5 Percent Budget Cut From Cabinet Departments As Deficit Increases — President Trump asked for a 5 percent across-the-board budget cut from each federal department during a cabinet meeting on Oct. 17; a budget cut intended to stem the rise of the federal deficit. “I’m going to ask each of you to come back with a 5 percent budget cut from your various departments,” the president said. “Whether it’s a secretary, an administrator, whatever, I’m going to ask everybody with a 5 percent cut for our next meeting. I think you’ll all be able to do it. Get rid of the fat. Get rid of the waste. It will have a huge impact.” — AASHTO Journal — October 19, 2018

Can States Tax Gas Stations on Tribal Lands? — The Yakama Nation and Washington state have been fighting over governance issues ever since the tribe signed its 1855 treaty with the federal government. Recently, those fights have involved fees on cigarettes and rules for logging trucks. But the biggest dispute over the years has been about fuel taxes. And now the U.S. Supreme Court is stepping in. — Daniel C. Vock for Governing — August 2018

Senate Passes THUD Bill As Part Of Minibus Funding Package — The U.S. Senate voted to approve a more than $154 billion “minibus” funding bill – H.R. 6147 – on Aug. 1 by a vote of 92 to 6; a bill that wrapped together four separate spending bills into a single package, including the fiscal year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development or THUD bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee back on June 7 with only a few minor changes. — AASHTO Journal — August 3, 2018