Today’s Headlines

  • Even Blumenauer doesn’t think a VMT tax is coming any time soon; DeFazio’s weighing a tax on oil speculation to fund transportation (Oregonian)
  • Remember that early leak of Oberstar’s handwritten transportation reform outline? Now it’s online (MinnPost)
  • Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) says Amtrak is putting America on a fascist path … yup, totally on par with the Fed, congressman (Infrastructurist)

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LaHood: Gas Tax Increase in Congressional Hands

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As Congress maneuvers to end the political impasse over the next long-term national transportation bill, lawmakers are going to have to debate an increase in the federal gas tax, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (Photo: Getty Images) In his remarks at a Fort Worth transportation meeting, first reported by the […]

Boxer: Collect Fees on Driving Through ‘Honor System’

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Another must-read from last week’s Reuters Infrastructure Summit: Barbara Boxer, the California Democrat who will be responsible for shepherding the next transportation bill through the Senate, says she’s open to a mileage tax and to indexing the gas tax to inflation to generate new revenue. It’s great to hear a legislator in Boxer’s position voice […]

Obama Admin Declines to Consider New Funding for Transportation

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Having entertained legislators’ own ideas about how best to fund future transportation spending, the House Ways and Means committee turned to representatives from the administration and key interest groups today to hear their thoughts on the matter. The administration’s view could not have been much clearer — this business is all very important, but we’re […]

Could Gas-Tax Bonds Pay For the Next Federal Transportation Bill?

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House infrastructure committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN), facing steep political odds in his push to pass a new six-year federal transportation bill this year, has begun to pitch an outside-the-box solution to the financing shortfall that is still stalling congressional action: Treasury bonds. (Photo: Pop and Politics) Oberstar’s proposal would plug the hole in anticipated […]

Nevada Becomes Newest Battleground in Mileage Tax Debate

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Nevada’s state DOT is in the early stages of a years-long study aimed at mapping a possible transition from the gas tax to a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee, a shift urged last year by a congressionally chartered panel on infrastructure financing and encouraged by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). In-vehicle GPS units, such as the […]