The Gas Tax vs. Fuel Economy Debate

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 7:00 pm

Eduardo Porter attempted to take the air out of one of the few carbon mitigation programs the Obama Administration has been able to approve, the increase in fuel economy standards. Porter’s perspective is basically that increased gas taxes make more sense than higher fuel economy, and that the latter carries unintended consequences.


In Bipartisan Deal, Congress to Package Student Loan, Transportation, Flood Insurance Bills

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 6:25 am

As we await the Supreme Court ruling on health care, two of the other major stories of the week have reached a conclusion. Congress has reached agreement on a compromise package that will avert three separate deadlines and deliver some of the more robust lawmaking of the entire year to date.

Obama Pushes for Clean Highway Bill Extension

By: Wednesday August 31, 2011 8:55 am

The White House is getting an early jump on the House Republicans’ next potential hostage-taking event, and perhaps learning something in the process. In an event today, flanked by AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka, Chamber of Commerce COO David Chavern and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, President Obama will call for a clean extension of the Highway Trust Fund, which is set to expire at the end of September. Rather than cutting the surface transportation budget, rather than pre-compromising on a level of cuts, the President will demand a clean bill at present levels.

The Looming Disaster: Expiration of Federal Highway Authorization Coming at End of September

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 2:30 pm

There’s a growing threat a hostage-taking situation over the transportation funding bill, which expires September 30. That and related non-funding Congress could shut down thousands of jobs in transportation-related construction.

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