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Legislators look to expanded drilling for transportation funding

Amanda Bayhi - Mar 27, 2013

Legislators look to expanded drilling for transportation funding

Since a gas tax seems to be an unlikely source of transportation funding, some legislators are looking to oil. In fact, Speaker John Boehner has called revenues for infrastructure improvements via oil and gas drilling expansions a “natural link,” according to ...

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Maryland senate panel members express concerns about use of gas tax funds

Amanda Bayhi - Mar 27, 2013

Maryland senate panel members express concerns about use of gas tax funds

On Tuesday, members of the Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee questioned whether money from a proposed increase in the state's gasoline tax would go toward mass transit instead of roads, the Washington Examiner reported. The legislation doesn’t specify how the ...

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Transportation funding talks remain stagnant

Amanda Bayhi - Mar 25, 2013

Transportation funding talks remain stagnant

The debate over transportation funding continues as MAP-21’s expiration date—September 2014—inches closer and closer. Congressional discussions about how to increase funding are seemingly going nowhere, Politico reported. While transportation funding, particularly the Highway Trust Fund, continues to decrease, ideas about an increase ...

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Guest Blog: The Gas Tax Dilemma – Financing Transportation and Fueling Prosperity

Contributed - Mar 17, 2013

Guest Blog: The Gas Tax Dilemma – Financing Transportation and Fueling Prosperity

Ever feel like a victim of your own success? Let me explain. As you probably are aware, the lion’s share of revenue for infrastructure repair, ongoing maintenance, traffic operations and new construction comes from federal and state fuel taxes. That worked ...

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A fuel tax chance missed?

John Latta - Dec 19, 2012

A fuel tax chance missed?

Uh oh. Perhaps it's best seen as a good news/bad news scenario. Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire has proposed a new excise tax on the wholesale cost of gasoline and diesel fuel to raise $368 million in its first two years and more ...

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Whispering the T Word

John Latta - Dec 05, 2012

Whispering the T Word

TAX! Nothing like shouting a three-letter word ending in X to get your attention. But no, we’re not talking income tax. The gas tax is back on a table in Washington. The 18.3 cents a gallon tax, un-indexed and unchanged in almost ...

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It’s Still Raining Obvious, Congressman.

John Latta - Oct 12, 2012

It’s Still Raining Obvious, Congressman.

FLASHBACK -- Here's a paper from 2003. I stumbled on it and deja vu! It's simple title is A Dozen Reasons for Raising Gasoline Taxes. Reading it is weird: the 12 arguments are not old.  All the way through the winding ...

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‘MAP’ing out the future of highway funding

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Aug 30, 2012

‘MAP’ing out the future of highway funding

Now that the much-anticipated new highway bill has been passed, Congress and the transportation construction and equipment industries should be resting easier with guaranteed funding through the end of September 2014. The $105 billion, 27-month legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in ...

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Let ‘em have it this week!

John Latta - Feb 20, 2012

I'm repeating myself, I know, but I want to urge as many of you as possible to take advantage of this week's Congressional recess. Members are back in their districts and this is an election year. Put a little heat ...

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Running out of gas money

John Latta - Feb 01, 2012

A new Congressional Budget Office report says that the Highway Trust Fund may be empty by fiscal year 2014. According to The Hill's transportation blog the CBO report projects the highway trust to have $12 billion at the end of ...

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Slow Train Comin’

John Latta - Aug 03, 2011

“We have workers who need jobs and a country that needs rebuilding; an infrastructure bank would help us put them together.”  President Obama, this week. It’s not exactly deck chairs on the Titanic; it’s more like taking the slow train to ...

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Financial District

Brooke Wisdom - Feb 01, 2011

Financial District

Playing with a New Deck The rules of the transportation funding game have changed in Washington. By John Latta Rules about how things may be, can be, should be and are done on Capitol Hill are rarely written simply. And if they are, ...

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