highway funding

House bill would up fuel taxes to pay for highways, tie rate to inflation

The U.S. House this week introduced a bill that would tie the current flat rate fuel tax to inflation as a long-term highway funding measure and appropriate an immediate $12 billion to the Highway Trust Fund to ensure short-term solvency.

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Toll roads trend in recent decade as new toll mileage well outpaces total system growth

Tolled Interstate mileage grew by about 17 percent in the 2003-2013 time frame, while total Interstate mileage grew by just over 2 percent.

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Driver pay reform included in DOT’s second iteration of Grow America highway bill

Chief among the bill’s highlights for the trucking industry is a measure of driver pay reform that would require drivers to be compensated for all on-duty hours not spent driving.

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Fuel-tax hike indexed to inflation the wrong idea to fund roads

Vermont-based Michael Dudley throws a tomato at the notion that a tax hike is necessary to properly fund highways: "Stop allowing our government to waste our money!"

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Highway funding action hot of late: Foxx tells Congress ‘to hell with politics’; Lawmakers readying proposals

Sec. Foxx pleaded with members of the Senate this week to discontinue the trend of short-term highway funding patches in favor of long-term bills. Two more highway funding proposals were unveiled this week.

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Senate highway bill could be unveiled soon

Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) may soon unveil a highway funding bill that would direct money to the struggling Highway Trust Fund from taxes on companies’ overseas earnings, according to a report.

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President Obama skirts highway funding in State of the Union address

Departing from recent norms in his State of the Union addresses, President Barack Obama on Tuesday made only brief mention of infrastructure funding and no mention of issues related directly to trucking or transportation.

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Channeling Reagan, Congressmen push for increasing fuel taxes

Two Congressmen — and a cutout of President Ronald Reagan — pushed Wednesday for an increase to the tax on diesel and gasoline as a means to better fund U.S. Highways. They and President Obama, however, know Congressional action is unlikely.

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Be heard: Engage your representatives directly

"If you don’t get involved, then as my dad and grampa would tell me, you don’t have any reason to complain when things are not going the way you think they should." --Owner-operator (retired) Mike McRae

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Missouri ballot would tackle tolls; ‘No polish required’

Aug. 5 ballot measure, with enough yes votes, would essentially raise the state sales tax by three-quarters of 1 percent and devote those new collected funds exclusively to fund transportation infrastructure -- and expressly prohibit tolling.

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