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DOT Secretary Chao Reaffirms Push for Private Financing for Infrastructure

October 24, 2017

DOT Secretary Chao Reaffirms Push for Private Financing for Infrastructure

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao reaffirmed that DOT still expects private financing to play a role in the Administration’s infrastructure plan despite recent criticism of public-private partnerships by President Trump. Secretary Chao also said that work on an infrastructure package will not begin until after Congress works on tax reform, squashing suggestions that a tax code overhaul could be used to pay for an infrastructure package.

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Blast FHWA for Promoting Failed Tolling Pilot Program

October 20, 2017

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Blast FHWA for Promoting Failed Tolling Pilot Program

NATSO and the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates on Oct. 20 blasted the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for soliciting state participation in a failed federal tolling pilot program arguing that tolls harms businesses and local communities.

House T&I Committee Chairman Shuster Supports Private Financing of Infrastructure at Hearing

October 12, 2017

House T&I Committee Chairman Shuster Supports Private Financing of Infrastructure at Hearing

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) strongly advocated for private financing as a means of funding infrastructure projects during a Subcommittee hearing Oct. 11, demonstrating a willingness to support policies that would lead to the commercialization of Interstate rest areas and threaten the truckstop and travel plaza industry. During a House Highways and Transit Subcommittee hearing to explore solutions for boosting infrastructure investment and stabilizing the Highway Trust Fund, Rep. Shuster spoke positively about Connecticut's decision to allow a private company to lease its on-highway travel plazas to finance upgrades to the facilities as well as Australia’s asset recycling program, which funds new infrastructure and revitalizes existing infrastructure through the sale or lease of public assets.

House Passes $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill

September 18, 2017

House Passes $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 211-198 on Sept. 14 in favor of $1.2 trillion fiscal 2018 spending bill that includes several provisions of interest to the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

President Signs Order to Speed Up Infrastructure Approval Process

August 16, 2017

President Signs Order to Speed Up Infrastructure Approval Process

President Trump on Aug. 15 signed an executive order that set a two-year goal for the federal government to complete the permitting process for infrastructure projects.

Senate to Shift Focus to Infrastructure Following Health Care Collapse

July 19, 2017

Senate to Shift Focus to Infrastructure Following Health Care Collapse

Sen. Mitch McConnell told reporters July 18 that the Senate will move on to comprehensive tax reform and infrastructure following the collapse of the GOP’s repeal-and-replace health care plan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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