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Infrastructure on the Ballot

I love voting on Election Day. Not early voting, not absentee voting, but waiting in line with my friends and neighbors, going into a semi-private booth and pressing a button, pulling a lever or using whatever modern voting...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of September 2014

They say a week is a lifetime in politics, and given how much happened last week, we can see where that saying comes from. During the final session days of September, we saw the legislature finally pass the Philadelphia...more

From Second and State: Legislative Preview — September 2014

The legislature returns to Harrisburg next week for three of the remaining nine days of the 2013-2014 legislative session. While it is still unclear as of Friday what bills will see floor action, these three session days are...more

Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization: A Temporary Detour

Facing the imminent bankruptcy of the federal Highway Trust Fund (the “HTF”) and the specter of delays and reductions in payments from the HTF to the States, the US Congress last week passed the Highway and Transportation...more

Congress Rallies for Short-Term Highway Trust Fund Patch

Congress passed a bill (HR 5021) to provide a short-term funding patch for the Highway Trust Fund (“HTF”), just one day before the United States Department of Transportation was scheduled to begin slowing reimbursements to...more

Congress Passes Highway Funding Bill; Includes Pension Funding Relief

Last week, Congress gave final approval to a $10.8 billion bill that will keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the busy summer construction season. While this short-term “patch” offers some relief, it is now...more

Highways, Taxes, and Partisanship: The Next Crisis

The Highway Trust Fund is almost empty; it is running on fumes. Without congressional action before the August recess, the fund that has been essential since the 1950s to maintain the nation's transportation infrastructure...more

Capital Thinking: Tax and Retirement

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Senate to Vote on Highway funding bill - This week, the Senate is expected to vote on H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, which recently passed the House by a...more

Build America Transportation Investment Center

On July 17, President Barack Obama announced the launch of the Build America Investment Initiative. The initiative includes a host of measures to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth, including the formation...more

President Obama Seeks To Expand Market for P3 Transportation Projects

As part of his ongoing effort to urge Congress to address the nation’s critical infrastructure needs, President Obama recently announced the signing of an executive order creating the Build America Investment Initiative (the...more

President Announces Public-Private Partnership Initiative for Infrastructure Development

President Obama has announced an initiative to encourage public-private partnerships for infrastructure development. Along with the recently touted “infrastructure bank,” Thursday’s announcement shows additional...more

Capital Thinking: Tax and Retirement

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE Aims to MARKUP HIGHWAY FUNDING BILL - While not yet noticed, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to markup a short-term highway funding bill before the...more

Financing: The Main Roadblock to a Transportation Bill

High Stakes for a Short-Term Fix and a Long-Term Solution - While Congress has four months until the current surface transportation authorization, MAP-21, is due to expire, the Highway Trust Fund could become...more

Weekly Update from the SC State House - May 2014: The House joined the Senate for a Joint Assembly on Wednesday to elect a number...

Details from Each Chamber: HOUSE - The House worked through the Calendar this week, joining the Senate for a Joint Assembly on Wednesday to elect a number of judges. Tuesday, the House cleared some of their...more

Senate EPW Committee Unveils Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unveiled a six-year surface transportation bill last night that would maintain current funding under MAP-21 legislation expiring in September,...more

Senate MAP-21 Reauthorization Bill

The Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee released a bipartisan six-year surface transportation bill late yesterday evening. The bill, titled the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, will be marked up by the committee on...more

President Obama Delivers Transportation Authorization "GROW AMERICA" Act to Congress

On April 29, 2014, President Obama delivered a draft of "Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America" or "GROW AMERICA"...more

President Obama Touts $302 Billion for Nation's Infrastructure

In hopes of modernizing the nation's infrastructure, President Obama revealed a plan to invest $302 billion in transportation over the next four years. As reported in Politico , the President hopes the additional funds will...more

President Obama Announces a Proposal to Fund a Four Year Surface Transportation Bill at $302 Billion

On February 26, President Obama announced a proposal to fund a four year surface transportation bill that would increase spending by 22% for highways and 70% for transit over current levels. The White House provided a Fact...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – February 24, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

PA Tax Law News -- December 2013: Fuel Taxes Increased to Solve Transportation Funding Shortfall

After years of effort by multiple administrations and after overcoming difficult political hurdles in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Commonwealth has finally addressed its steadily worsening transportation...more

How To Fix RRIF (If Congress Wanted To)

Last week I attended an invitation only round table organized by Karen Hedlund, Deputy Administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration. The round table was held in conjunction with the High Speed Rail Conference held...more

Capital Thinking: Transportation and Infrastructure

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - INFRASTRUCTURE BANK LEGISLATION - Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is expected to introduce an infrastructure bank bill during the week of September 16 that is similar to the 2011 “BUILD Act,”...more

Congressional Caucus on Public-Private Partnerships Launched

Before departing Washington, DC for the traditional August Congressional recess, Congressmen Mike Rogers (R-AL-3) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) announced that they are forming the Congressional Caucus on Public-Private...more

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Holds Oversight Hearing on TIFIA, Nossaman Partner Testifies

Showing concern for the TIFIA JPO’s slow pace of credit approvals for major US transportation, on July 24, 2013, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works conducted an oversight hearing on the implementation of the...more

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