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Federal Transportation Update: Highway Extensions, Buy America Waivers and Rulemakings

Two Week Highway Trust Fund Extension While Conference Takes Place - Congress agreed to extend the Highway Trust Fund by two weeks until Dec. 4 so that House and Senate conferees could meet to craft a final version of...more

Three Signs that the U.S. is Growing More Comfortable with Innovative Project Finance and Public-Private Partnerships

Some recent events, taken together, provide evidence that policy-makers in the United States are growing more comfortable with public-private partnerships as a vehicle for project delivery, in particular with respect to the...more

Strike out? UK issues proposals to curb strikes

Plans to modernise London's underground (known as the Tube) to offer a 24-hour weekend service on selected lines has resulted in London being held to ransom as Tube staff walked out in a series of strikes during August 2015....more

AASHTO Launches BATIC Institute to Support Innovative Financing Solutions

Last month, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) formally unveiled its Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC). BATIC’s mission is to: - Expand the use of federal transportation credit...more

Surface Transportation: Be Informed and Heard

New Federal Bill for Transportation Funding on the Road to Passage - As we previously reported on our blog, Congress is racing toward an Oct. 29 expiration date for federal surface transportation programs critical...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Transportation Spotlight

Member announcements continued this week with three more legislators announcing they will not be seeking reelection. Rep. Paul Tine (U-Dare), Rep. Leo Daughtry (R-Johnston), Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg) announced...more

Now You See Them—Now You Don’t: The Magic of Using FAAAA Preemption to Make a Plaintiff’s State Law Claims Disappear

Magic makes the impossible possible. Federal preemption aims at a similarly lofty goal. After all, the power to preempt a plaintiff’s state law claims is the power to transform a plaintiff’s entire case in a radical and...more

Commenters Weigh in on Proposed Regulations for Determining MLP Qualifying Income

IRS’ proposed MLP regulations generate flurry of specific industry-related comments and spur public hearing. “I’m mad as Hell, and, frankly, I’m not going to take it anymore.” — Paraphrase of concerned citizen and...more

Boston’s MBTA joins the bluetooth beacon bus –it will now track the movement of its riders

If you don’t think you are being tracked as you move around Target or Macy’s or even through a local museum, you must not have a smartphone. Many companies are now using beacons –or stationary devices that measure the...more

Finally Coming to Fruition: FDA’s Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Food

Twenty-five years after Congress first tried to ensure that garbage trucks aren’t also used to haul fresh produce, a federal regulation establishing sanitation standards for the transportation of human and animal food by...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

On Monday afternoon, 76 days after the new fiscal year (FY) began, Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) held a press conference to unveil the details of the new...more

High Rollers Are Fine but Resort Casino Needs Orange Line Riders to Thrive

On the sidewalks of Everett, I have heard it said that Steve Wynn is quietly planning to lure planeloads of nouveau riche from the People’s Republic of China to his new “Wynn Everett” casino on the banks of the Mystic...more

FedEx Enters Settlement with California District Attorneys to Partially Resolve Allegations of Mismanagement of Damaged Products,...

On July 28, 2015, FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. (“FedEx”) entered into a settlement agreement (“Settlement”) with a group of California District Attorneys to partially resolve allegations that the company stored and...more

Land Use Matters, August 2015

City of Los Angeles - City Council - Mobility Plan 2035 Approved - On August 11, 2015, the city council passed “Mobility Plan 2035,” a comprehensive revision of the 1999 Transportation Element of the General Plan....more

Without Prejudice - Vol 15 No 7, August 2015

According to the Preservation and Development of Agricultural Land Framework Bill of 2014, “agricultural land is the common heritage of all the peo-ple of South Africa and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and...more

Important Tax Provisions Contained in Acts Extending Highway Trust Fund and Trade Preferences

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed P.L. 114-41, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (“Highway Act”), into law. Although the Highway Act is primarily for the purpose of...more

Tax Law Blog: Deadline Days Shuffle for Many Business Tax Returns

A highway-funding bill passed by the Senate on July 30, 2015, and signed by President Obama on July 31st, contained certain tax provisions that change the due date of tax returns for many businesses. The bill, H.R. 3236,...more

Important Tax Compliance Provisions Included in the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015

On Friday, July 31, 2015, President Barack Obama signed HR 3236, the "Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015" (the "Act"). The Act modifies the extended six-year statute of limitations...more

“DRIVE, He Said[1] ”—But When?? Congress ducks new long term transortation funding bill and adopts a three-month extension of...

Hopes that that the Congress would pass S. 1647, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act (DRIVE Act), a six-year, $478 billion transportation funding reauthorization bill before the August recess...more

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – Shaping Development

Applications for founding membership of the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) closed on 31 March 2015. The fifty-seven prospective founding members notably do not include the United States (U.S.) or...more

Bill to Streamline Federal Permitting for Major Energy and Infrastructure Projects Advances in the US Senate

On May 6, 2015, the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted 12-1 in favor of a bill designed to streamline the Federal permitting process for major energy and infrastructure projects. The bill,...more

Recent Surface Transportation Board Preemption Decisions of Note

In the last several months, the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) has issued a number of decisions further defining the scope of federal preemption. As the primary agency tasked with the economic regulation of the...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House and Senate were extremely busy this week – The Senate Finance Committee approved their version of the over $6 billion appropriation bill, which includes a $236 million bond provision for higher education, technical...more

Week In Review - May 2015

Budget Showdown - Governor Mark Dayton has expressed dismay at the direction lawmakers are veering in their budget plans. On spending state money, lawmakers are widening the chasm. The May 18 legislative...more

NHTSA's Enforcement Priorities Made Clear in U.S. DOT's Transportation Bill (Grow America Act)

Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled its long-term transportation bill, entitled the Grow America Act, which contained the Department’s wish list for funding and new authorities. On March 31, 2015, the...more

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