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An Analysis of the Problems at the MBTA: Is This the Origin of “Sue-and-Settle”?

On Sunday, the Boston Globe had a fairly comprehensive look at the causes of the current failings of the MBTA. Interesting reading for those who like to belabor the obvious. The short version? Lack of political will and...more

Amtrak Bill Aims To Keep Northeast Corridor Profits on the Northeast Corridor

The House Transportation Committee has approved the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act, a bill that would reauthorize Amtrak and other rail programs. The bill is substantially the same as the 2014 legislation and is...more

President Releases 2016 Budget Proposal

Earlier today, President Barack Obama released his approximately $4 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins on October 1 of this year. While the President’s proposed budget covers everything from defense...more

Week in Review - January 2015 #2

Transportation - On Monday, Governor Dayton presented his 2015 Transportation proposal. His proposal would bridge the $6 billion State highway transportation funding gap over the next 10 years by raising new dedicated...more

The State Of The Union In 2015 - What To Expect From The 114th Congress

Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union Address before a joint session of the 114th Congress. Given six years to the day of his first Inaugural Address, this was his first address to a...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2015 Legislative Session Preview

As a result of November's elections, there is no longer one party control of Minnesota government. When the 89th session of the Minnesota Legislature convenes on January 6, 2015, the new House Republican majority, along with...more

Michigan Puts New Road-Funding Tax Structure Up For May 5 Referendum Vote

Michigan voters will have the final say on approving a deal between Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature to overhaul the state’s tax structure to fund road improvements at a referendum election on May 5, 2015. The...more

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

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