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FEDERAL FUNDING, CERTAINTY

Governors, State DOT Chief Press Congress on Funding; Foxx Urges 'Dramatic’ Action

The governors of four states told senators they need certainty about federal spending through a long-term replenishment of the Highway Trust Fund, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged lawmakers to take "dramatic" action to invest "substantially" more in infrastructure.

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January 30, 2015

HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

Boehner Calls Highway Funding 'Critically Important,’ Eyes Tax Reform for Revenue

House Speaker John Boehner said he considers finding revenue for a long-term highway bill "critically important," and said lawmakers are looking into raising the money for it through tax changes and other unspecified options.

January 30, 2015

AASHTO

TECHNOLOGY

Steinmen Named Chair of Special Wireless Communications Technology Committee

AASHTO President John Cox has chosen Paul Steinman, secretary for the seventh of eight districts in the Florida Department of Transportation, to fill a two-year stint chairing the Special Committee on Wireless Communications Technology, effective Jan. 30.

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January 30, 2015

COMMUTING TRENDS

New Briefing Paper Shows Commutes Comprise 28 Percent of Road, Transit Trips

Commuting to and from work accounts for 28 percent of all travel on U.S. roads and transit systems, after a boom period in commuting growth has given way to slow growth due to changing demographics, says the final briefing paper in an AASHTO series.

January 30, 2015

TRANSPORTATION TV-SHRP2

TTV Puts Camera on Program That Promotes Innovation for Transportation Problems

In another installment of Transportation TV's "News in Design" series, TTV interviews Pam Hutton, AASHTO's implementation manager for the Second Strategic Highway Research Program, or SHRP2.

January 30, 2015

Nation

MOTOR FUEL COSTS

Bottoming Out? Some Pump Prices Tick Up as Refiners Curb Gasoline Production

The average U.S. retail gasoline price edged further downward on Jan. 26, in both the latest weekly snapshot by the Energy Information Administration and the daily pricing survey by AAA. But the next day AAA reported its first nationwide average price rise after a record 123 consecutive daily ...

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January 30, 2015

FEDERAL FUNDING GAP

CBO Estimates Highway Trust Fund Shortfall of $168 Billion Through 2025

The Congressional Budget Office estimated Jan. 26 that the Highway Trust Fund faces a 10-year shortfall of $168 billion, as projected outlays under road and transit programs outpace its dedicated revenue stream.

January 30, 2015

FEDERAL INVESTMENTS

Sanders, Mikulski Propose $1 Trillion in More Infrastructure Spending Over 5 Years

Two U.S. senators who fill the top minority positions on the Budget and Appropriations committees – Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. – have introduced legislation that would put $1 trillion into transportation and other infrastructure spending.

January 30, 2015

TAX CODE PROPOSALS

Lawmakers Plan Bills in Senate, House to Repatriate Foreign Profits for Infrastructure

Members of both the Senate and House said they will offer bipartisan legislation to entice corporations through low tax rates to repatriate hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign profits to the United States, and use the tax windfall to fund transportation programs.

January 30, 2015

BI-STATE PROJECT

Kentucky, Ohio Governors Outline Tolling Plan, Fast Deadlines for Major Bridge Project

Govs. Steve Beshear of Kentucky and John Kasich of Ohio jointly announced they are directing their agencies to quickly develop plans to rebuild and expand the Brent Spence Bridge corridor connecting their states across the Ohio River. The plan will use tolls, cost-cutting innovations and most likely ...

January 30, 2015

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

FHWA Awards Grants in 3 States to Boost Efficiency of Road, Bridge Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said road and bridge projects in Maine, Pennsylvania and Washington are receiving $2.47 million in grants under the Federal Highway Administration's Accelerated Innovation Deployment Demonstration program.

January 30, 2015

HIGHWAY WORKERS' FAMILIES

Deadline Nears on Scholarships for Children of Killed, Disabled Highway Workers

Applicants seeking scholarships under a memorial program to aid children of highway workers who have killed or disabled in the line of duty have must submit their paperwork by March 6 to be considered.

January 30, 2015

States

FUNDING PLAN

Minnesota Gov. Dayton Proposes $11 Billion in New Highway, Transit investments

Unveiling a 10-year plan to increase spending on roads, bridges, transit systems and alternative transportation, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposed raising nearly $11 billion through a combination of fuel taxes, fee increases, bonds and a targeted-area sales tax hike.

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January 30, 2015

AGENCY CEO

Gov. Walker Appoints Luiken to Again Serve as Alaska Transportation Commissioner

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker appointed Marc Luiken to be commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, returning Luiken to the post he held nearly two years from December 2010 to October 2012.

January 30, 2015

FUNDING MAJOR PROJECTS

New Mexico Officials Weigh Plans to Raise $300 Million for Major Road Projects

Gov. Susana Martinez has been touting a plan to raise $180 million over three years for more highway spending, and now a state representative who once ran the highway department is trying to stretch it to $300 million over five years, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

January 30, 2015

INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS

Idaho Officials Warn Highway Funds Not Keeping Up With Projected Repair Needs

The Idaho Transportation Board and Idaho Transportation Director Brian Ness are telling state lawmakers and the public that money is not available to expand highways or bridges, and state funding soon will not keep pace with projected repair needs to keep infrastructure in good shape.

January 30, 2015

FUNDING OPTIONS

Falling Pump Prices Challenge Iowa Leaders Considering Percentage Tax on Fuel Sales

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was fresh off a November re-election victory when he urged legislative leaders to negotiate on new transportation funding. One of the options under consideration would build a "hybrid" fuel taxing system of lower per-gallon charges plus a percentage tax that would ...

January 30, 2015

AGENCY SPENDING

Gov. Scott’s Budget Would Cut Florida DOT Spending 2.3 Percent After Record Year

​Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposed a 2015-16 budget that would trim more than $235 million or 2.3 percent from the state Department of Transportation after a record year of infrastructure spending, leaving FDOT with $9.88 billion for the year that begins July 1.

January 30, 2015

BUD WRIGHT, Executive Director

LLOYD D. BROWN, Director of Communications

JOHN BOYD, Senior Editor

ZACH O'CONNOR, Staff Writer

MARIO OLIVERO, Staff Photographer

AASHTO Journal is published every Friday by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The Journal's weekly email newsletter is available for subscription free of charge.

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