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Business and Community Leaders Urge Congress to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

June 14, 2017

Business and Community Leaders Urge Congress to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

NATSO led a diverse coalition including restaurants, fuel retailers, city governments, trucking firms and blind entrepreneurs in urging key lawmakers to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as Congress considers infrastructure legislation.

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.

Trump Administration Announces Support for Tolling, Rest Area Commercialization

May 23, 2017

Trump Administration Announces Support for Tolling, Rest Area Commercialization

The Trump Administration released its 2018 budget proposal on May 23, and it includes recommendations to change federal law in a manner that would effectively crush the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

NATSO Kicks Off Day on the Hill 2017

May 15, 2017

NATSO Kicks Off Day on the Hill 2017

The truckstop and travel plaza industry kicked off its annual Day on Capitol Hill event May 15 to push for sustainable highway funding as well as to voice concerns for efforts to repeal debit swipe fee reform.

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.

Commercial Rest Areas Harm Business and Halt Business Investment

April 24, 2017

Commercial Rest Areas Harm Business and Halt Business Investment

Permitting the government to compete with private, off-highway businesses would result in higher costs for consumers, lost revenues for towns and localities nationwide, shuttered small businesses and lost jobs, a top truckstop official said in a recent letter published in the Washington Examiner.

NATSO Urges House Transportation Committee to Oppose Legislation to Commercialize Rest Areas

April 7, 2017

NATSO Urges House Transportation Committee to Oppose Legislation to Commercialize Rest Areas

NATSO led a group of trade associations representing hundreds of thousands of small businesses in urging members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to oppose H.R. 1990, recently introduced by Congressman Jim Banks (R-Ind.), that would permit commercial services such as convenience stores and restaurants at Interstate rest areas. NATSO was joined in signing the letter by the National Federation of the Blind, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Council of Chain Restaurants, Petroleum Marketers Association of America, and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America.

Rep. DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Fund Infrastructure

March 23, 2017

Rep. DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Fund Infrastructure

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on March 22 introduced legislation that he said will generate nearly $500 billion to rebuild U.S. roads, bridges and transit systems.

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 Reiterates Call for $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

March 1, 2017

President Reiterates Call for $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

During his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump reiterated his call for a $1 trillion infrastructure package that would be financed with both public and private funds.

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 Committee Examines Infrastructure Policy

February 9, 2017

Senate Committee Examines Infrastructure Policy

For the second time in as many weeks, a key congressional committee held a hearing to consider funding options for improving the nation's infrastructure. Throughout the hearing, senators emphasized the need to find direct funding opportunities -- such as raising the motor fuel excise tax -- because private financing does not provide a complete solution, especially in rural communities.

Senate Confirms Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation

January 31, 2017

Senate Confirms Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation

The U.S. Senate on Jan. 31 voted 93 to 6, confirming Elaine Chao as the 18th Secretary of Transportation, replacing outgoing Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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.

NATSO Anticipates Increased Interest in Tolling, Rest Area Commercialization from Lawmakers

January 23, 2017

NATSO Anticipates Increased Interest in Tolling, Rest Area Commercialization from Lawmakers

Speaking at The NATSO Show 2017, David Fialkov, NATSO’s vice president of government affairs, told attendees that he expects an increased interest in tolling and rest area commercialization as lawmakers look to boost infrastructure funding levels.

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.

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