Today’s Headlines

  • AFL-CIO and other unions backing Democrats’ push for a new, possibly infrastructure-centric jobs bill (The Hill)
  • West Virginia congressman, calling for a long-term transport bill as a "second stimulus," says toll is a "four-letter word" but vows to be open to any funding proposal — except a VMT tax (Register-Herald)
  • A humorously candid take on one scholar’s pitch for a higher federal gas tax: "logical but unpopular" (LV Sun)
  • A dismaying tradeoff in Chicago, where the transit authority’s budget prevents a fare hike but includes service cuts and layoffs (Trib Blogs)
  • Welcome to the governor’s mansion, Chris Christie (R-NJ). You’ve got a big transportation funding problem (Star-Ledger)
  • Florida’s new but temporary Republican senator backs up his past stance in strong support of commuter rail (Sentinel)
  • What’s more efficient, a drive-through fast food restaurant or one with a parking lot? Canadians debate (NYT Blogs)


Senate Version of Wall Street Transportation Tax Coming Next Week

Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-OR) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) have officially unveiled their new bill taxing Wall Street transactions to pay for the next long-term transportation bill and other infrastructure needs, and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) is poised to introduce the legislation next week in the upper chamber of Congress. Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Bernie […]