• January 30, 2015 News Roundup Infrastructure in the News: January 30, 2015



    Transport Topics: Former Pa. Governor Urges Senators to Raise Gas Tax


    Reminding lawmakers about the urgent need to rebuild the country's aging transportation network, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) told a key Senate panel on Jan. 29 that they need to raise fuel taxes.

    “It’s absolutely the least you can do,” Rendell told the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee. “We will support you. The American people will groan for a little bit, but after a while they won’t have any idea that you raised the gas tax.”


    Rendell, co-chairman of the infrastructure advocacy group Building America's Future, promoted a bipartisan proposal offered last year that called for increasing the gas and diesel taxes by 6 cents each year for the next two years, for a total increase of 12 cents. The plan, sponsored by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), would have been indexed to inflation using the Consumer Price Index. Congress adjourned without acting on the proposal.

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  • January 29, 2015 News Roundup 2015 State of the State: Infrastructure Mentions

    It's that time of year again... Governors across the nation are making State of the State speeches to set their vision and policy agenda for 2015.

    Curious how they’re prioritizing infrastructure? Reforming how projects are funded? Planning on upgrading our water infrastructure and repair our roads/bridges? BAFEF created this webpage to serve as a one-stop-shop for any infrastructure-related mentions.

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