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Infrastructure in the News 4.24.17

BAF IN THE NEWS

San Diego Union-Tribune: Cities striking out on own in Trump era

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/growth-development/sd-fi-lincolncities-20170418-story.html

Cities are going it alone as they cope with tightening finances, the pressures of growth or decline and a new administration without any clear urban policy…Marcia Hale, president of Building America’s Future, a national infrastructure coalition chaired by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said more than 70 percent of infrastructure referendums have passed in the recent years. “People are willing to pass it if you tell them what they’ll get,” Hale said.

Politico Influence: First-quarter lobbying numbers shows firms still gearing up for Trump era

http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/politico-influence/2017/04/first-quarter-lobbying-numbers-shows-firms-still-gearing-up-for-trump-era-219913

POLITICO Event — Rebuilding America: A New Infrastructure Agenda — Join POLITICO for a discussion on the prospects for a major national infrastructure push from the new administration and Congress. Speakers include: Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Building America’s Future President Marcia Hale, Club for Growth President David McIntosh, and Chamber of Commerce ED Transportation Infrastructure Ed Mortimer. Monday, April 24 — 5:30pm — The Newseum.

NATIONAL NEWS

U.S. News and World Report: Transportation at a Crossroads

https://www.usnews.com/opinion/economic-intelligence/articles/2017-04-21/american-transportation-needs-an-intervention

Across the United States, public transit is in crisis. Buses and trains which provide 10 billion trips each year are straining under the burden of a number of major challenges. These are threatening the ability of Americans to get to work, businesses to operate and cities to function.

Politico: Biden tries to rally the infrastructure troops

http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2017/04/21/with-dark-days-ahead-amtrak-joe-tries-to-rally-the-infrastructure-troops-111434

If New York’s hard infrastructure had feelings, former Vice President Joe Biden would have gravely offended them on Friday afternoon, when he delivered a broadside against the state of the region’s, and the country’s, infrastructure during a speech in midtown Manhattan.

Fortune: Trump’s “Shovel Ready” Infrastructure Plan Frustrated By Delays

http://fortune.com/2017/04/23/trumps-infrastructure-delays/

U.S. President Donald Trump reassured manufacturers gathered in the White House Roosevelt room on March 31 that a massive infrastructure program was coming soon. “We’re going to make it happen” this year, he said, according to Drew Greenblatt, the president of Marlin Steel in Baltimore, who was present. “That was actually the first thing that he talked about behind closed doors with us,” Greenblatt added.

The Hill: Budget chief: Trump wants to spend $200B on infrastructure

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/329874-budget-chief-trump-wants-to-spend-200b-on-infrastructure

President Trump’s budget chief says a yet-to-be unveiled infrastructure plan would use $200 billion in taxpayer money to upgrade U.S. roads, bridges and airports, according to Bloomberg News.

The Hill: Trump's infrastructure plan can mean jobs, jobs, jobs ... and security

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/330092-trump-an-infrastructure-plan-means-jobs-jobs-jobs-and

Setting aside the bombast and the self-congratulatory dicta, America expects great things from Donald Trump. Many of those who voted for him — as opposed to voting against his opponent — did so largely because of his reputation as a successful developer and builder.

Bloomberg: Trump's Infrastructure Plan a Boon for Iron Ore, Cormann Says

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-22/trump-s-infrastructure-plan-a-boon-for-iron-ore-cormann-says

U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to upgrade the nation’s roads, ports and bridges will drive demand for steel and support iron ore prices, Australia’s Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said.

Reuters: Apple self-driving car testing plan gives clues to tech program

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-autos-idUSKBN17O01O

Apple Inc outlined a plan to train operators of self-driving cars in documents submitted to California regulators earlier this month, the latest clues to the company's autonomous vehicle technology aspirations.

STATE NEWS

Associated Press: Minn. Gov. opens door to tax-hike-free transportation plan

http://dailyreporter.com/2017/04/21/minn-gov-opens-door-to-tax-hike-free-transportation-plan/

Gov. Mark Dayton opened the door on Thursday to a transportation budget without a gasoline-tax increase, a sign that Republican legislative leaders hoped would pave the way to finally approving new money for road and bridge repairs after years of failed efforts.

The Coloradoan: May: Path forward exists for transportation funding

http://www.coloradoan.com/story/money/2017/04/21/may-path-forward-exists-transportation-funding/100709062/

A solution to Colorado’s transportation problem is available, if the partisans at the Capitol can compromise enough to seize the opportunity.

Aspen Public Radio: State lawmakers at stalemate with transportation funding

http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-stalemate-transportation-funding#stream/0

Even with the backing of the Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham and transportation committee chair Randy Baumgartner the bill always faced an uphill hurdle in the GOP controlled Senate. It cleared its first committee, and heads to the finance committee on Tuesday, where three Republicans are expected to defeat it.

Idaho Press Tribune: Transportation board approves funding to widen I-84 in Nampa

http://www.idahopress.com/news/local/transportation-board-approves-funding-to-widen-i--in-nampa/article_a893efaa-90b4-583b-afe6-f0194a1a49a2.html

The Idaho Transportation Board unanimously approved funding to repair and add lanes on Interstate 84 from Franklin Boulevard to Karcher Road in Nampa.

Houston Chronicle: Flush with highway cash, Texas still looking for toll options

http://www.chron.com/news/transportation/article/Flush-with-cash-TxDOT-still-looking-for-toll-11090442.php

Texas is spending record amounts on transportation, but lawmakers worried it is not enough are considering extending a controversial program that’s helped spread tollways through some of the state’s largest areas.