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Massive Infrastructure Bill Could Slip Into 2018

June 30, 2017

Massive Infrastructure Bill Could Slip Into 2018

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said Congressional work on President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package may be pushed until early next year as lawmakers focus on healthcare and tax reform and a bevy of other must-pass bills in the coming months.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Criticizes Administration's Call for Privatizing Infrastructure

June 8, 2017

Anti-Tolling Coalition Criticizes Administration's Call for Privatizing Infrastructure

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, criticized President Trump's call for privatizing America's infrastructure, following remarks made June 7 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Administration Aims to Release Infrastructure Plan in Mid-May

May 1, 2017

Administration Aims to Release Infrastructure Plan in Mid-May

President Donald Trump said that the Administration could release an infrastructure plan as early as mid-May that is expected to focus heavily on public-private partnerships for funding.

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Score Major Win in Indiana

April 25, 2017

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Score Major Win in Indiana

Marking a major victory for the truckstop and travel plaza community, the Indiana state General Assembly removed from its comprehensive transportation legislation a provision that would have put the state on track to toll I-70 in the near future. After vocal opposition from local businesses and commuters, as well as the Alliance for Toll Free Interstates of which NATSO is a founding member, the General Assembly substantially scaled back this provision, ultimately making it more difficult to authorize tolling projects within the state.

Rhode Island Lawmaker Introduces Legislation to Repeal Truck-Only Tolls

April 12, 2017

Rhode Island Lawmaker Introduces Legislation to Repeal Truck-Only Tolls

Rhode Island House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan introduced legislation April 11 that would repeal the controversial RhodeWorks provision that allows tolling of commercial trucks within the state.

Indiana Conference Committee Urged to Strip Tolling Language From H.B. 1002

April 10, 2017

Indiana Conference Committee Urged to Strip Tolling Language From H.B. 1002

Indiana Conference Committee conferees are expected to begin meeting this week to hash out their differences on Indiana transportation legislation H.B. 1002.

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition, Battle Tolling Initiatives

March 28, 2017

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition, Battle Tolling Initiatives

With the Trump Administration considering a $1 trillion infrastructure package that relies heavily on private dollars, governors, legislatures and transportation officials across the country already are laying the groundwork for new tolls.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Launches Grassroots Petition Campaign to Oppose Tolls in Indiana

March 17, 2017

Anti-Tolling Coalition Launches Grassroots Petition Campaign to Oppose Tolls in Indiana

Indiana’s General Assembly currently is debating whether to toll existing interstates in the Hoosier State. Under House Bill 1002, funding for Indiana’s transportation infrastructure would be paid through increased gas taxes and annual fees, as well as the creation of new toll roads. The bill passed the House weeks ago, and is now before the Senate Homeland Security and Transportation Committee.

Senate Subcommittee Examines Infrastructure Funding Needs

March 13, 2017

Senate Subcommittee Examines Infrastructure Funding Needs

On March 8 the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation held a hearing to examine infrastructure funding needs and options. The hearing was largely positive from NATSO's perspective, as all participants recognized the critical need to invest money to repair and improve America's roads and bridges, and also recognized the superiority of direct federal spending -- for example, by raising the fuel excise tax -- as opposed to "public private partnerships" which can lead to undesirable revenue-raising mechanisms such as tolling and rest area commercialization.

White House Kicks Off Infrastructure Planning, Congress Evaluates Private Investment in Rural America

March 3, 2017

White House Kicks Off Infrastructure Planning, Congress Evaluates Private Investment in Rural America

Just days after President Trump reiterated his call for a $1 Trillion infrastructure package, the Administration convened a meeting of more than 15 federal agencies to begin formulating an official infrastructure proposal, including potential projects and funding options.

President Donald Trump Intends to Push a $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan. What Could it Mean for Truckstops?

March 1, 2017

President Donald Trump Intends to Push a $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan. What Could it Mean for Truckstops?

President Donald Trump intends to push a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that is expected to materialize this spring. The President’s plan for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure is expected to rely on private investment instead of the federal government to back transportation projects.

Senate Democrats Introduce $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

January 30, 2017

Senate Democrats Introduce $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Senate Democrats on Jan. 24 introduced a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, laying down a marker for President Donald Trump, who pledged to introduce a massive infrastructure package during his first 100 days in office.

Americans Favor New Federal Spending for Infrastructure

January 18, 2017

Americans Favor New Federal Spending for Infrastructure

An overwhelming majority of the general public ranks infrastructure investment as a top priority provided it comes in the form of new direct federal spending, according to a new poll conducted for Politico and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of public health.

Chao Says Infrastructure Plan to Leverage Private Investment

January 12, 2017

Chao Says Infrastructure Plan to Leverage Private Investment

Elaine Chao, President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Transportation, said the Trump Administration would leverage private investment along with direct federal spending to address the nation’s infrastructure needs.

Delving into the Election Results: Prospects for Infrastructure Spending

January 9, 2017

Delving into the Election Results: Prospects for Infrastructure Spending

In the days after real estate mogul Donald J. Trump was elected President, I received dozens of phone calls and emails from NATSO members who were excited about the prospects of a Trump Administration. Although there are certainly many reasons why most of NATSO’s membership was pleased with the results on Election Day, high on all of their lists was the fact that Donald Trump advocates a $1 trillion infrastructure investment over the course of a decade.

President-Elect’s Infrastructure Plan Likely to Materialize In Spring

January 5, 2017

President-Elect’s Infrastructure Plan Likely to Materialize In Spring

Republican Leadership indicated that a massive infrastructure plan may not be the first order of business when President-elect Donald Trump takes office, despite campaign promises that a $1 trillion infrastructure package would be delivered within his first 100 days.

Tolling: Could It Happen to You?

January 1, 2017

Tolling: Could It Happen to You?

Think your truckstop is safe from tolls just because you aren’t located on a toll road? Think again.

Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

November 30, 2016

Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

President-Elect Donald Trump has picked Elaine Chao, former Labor Secretary under George W. Bush and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as his Secretary of Transportation.

President-Elect's Infrastructure Plans Focus on Private Investment and Tax Credits

November 14, 2016

President-Elect's Infrastructure Plans Focus on Private Investment and Tax Credits

Less than one week after Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, it is clear that the President-elect places a high priority on infrastructure spending. "We are going to . . . rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We're going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people back to work as we rebuild it," Trump said in his victory speech.

Donald Trump Elected President, GOP Retains Majorities in Senate and House

November 9, 2016

Donald Trump Elected President, GOP Retains Majorities in Senate and House

Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. His victory has stunned pollsters, political prognosticators, and represents a severe rebuke to the political and media establishment. Voters have selected the ultimate political outsider.

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