This Week’s Top Legislative Story:
- House, Senate Advance Water Infrastructure BillsBy Dean Franks, senior vice president, congressional relations, ARTBA Both the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) and Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committees the week ... read more
New Ads Target Infrastructure Package & Highway Trust Fund
The ARTBA co-chaired Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) and U.S. Chamber-led Americans for Transportation Mobility (ARTBA is a vice chair) coalition has launched a two-month television and digital ad campaign targeting D.C. decision makers.
Trump Administration Releases Infrastructure Plan and Budget
The White House Feb. 12 released a 55-page infrastructure blueprint and FY2019 budget proposal. ARTBA has prepared a detailed analysis of how both plans impact existing surface transportation programs and the Trump administration’s proposal to leverage $200 billion in new federal funding to generate $1.5 trillion of infrastructure investment nationwide, including non-transportation sectors. Read ARTBA’s Analysis.
PABs Provision in House Republican Tax Bill
ARTBA and 21 other national organizations sent a letter to the House Ways & Means Committee on Nov. 3 expressing strong opposition to the Termination of Private Activity Bonds provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Ripe for Regulatory Reform
This 2017 ARTBA report for Congress and the new Trump Administration outlines reforms to proposed or existing rules in order reduce delay in the transportation project review and approval process.
U.S. Tax Reform Should Include Highway Trust Fund Solution
ARTBA told the Senate Finance Committee in a July 17 letter that including a permanent solution to the Highway Trust Fund’s (HTF) structural revenue deficit in the chamber’s anticipated tax reform proposal would improve the chances of the package getting enacted and provide a meaningful down payment on any infrastructure package.
Analysis of the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 Transportation Budget
President Trump’s first annual budget suggests his $1 trillion “infrastructure initiative” will involve only $200 billion in direct federal funding over the next 10 years. ARTBA’s Government Affairs team has prepared a comprehensive analysis.
Fix the Highway Trust Fund in Tax Reform
House Highways & Transit Subcommittee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) were joined by more than 250 of their colleagues in sending a June 2017 letter urging the bipartisan leadership of the House Ways & Means Committee to include a permanent Highway Trust Fund revenue plan in any tax code reform bill. Review a list of the signers by state and party affiliation.
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act Analysis
ARTBA’s government affairs team has prepared a comprehensive analysis of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 4, 2015.
Profiles in Leadership: The Road to the FAST Act
No other industry group devoted more financial resources, intellectual firepower, creativity and innovative thinking than ARTBA to making the FAST Act a reality. Learn more about the key leadership activities of ARTBA and its members on the “road to reauthorization.”
A comprehensive 2016 report finds 22 states approved ballot measures to provide more than $200 billion in funding extensions and new revenue for state and local transportation projects.
Gas Tax Supporters Not Hurt at Ballot Box
Voting for a gas tax increase to fund transportation investments has not hurt Republicans or Democrats at the ballot box, a political analysis shows.
Fact vs. Fiction: Transportation Funding & Politics
ARTBA dispels some of the most common misperceptions or false statements about transportation funding and politics, and provides the truth about them.
The Folly of Devolution
Transportation Construction Coalition research shows that transportation legislation being pushed in Congress by Heritage Action, the Club for Growth and like-minded conservative activist groups would force states to raise their gasoline and diesel motor fuel taxes, on average, about 23.5 cents-per-gallon by 2020 if they wanted to maintain their current annual investment in highway and bridge improvements and public transportation, an analysis of federal and state data shows. The states’ only other options, if the proposal was enacted, would be to raise other taxes, redirect an equivalent amount of revenue from other state programs, or slash their road, bridge and transit improvement program.
The “white paper” presents ARTBA’s perspective regarding the application and details of the design build process.