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T&I Committee Chairman: Infrastructure Bill “Closer to Summer”

February 16, 2018

T&I Committee Chairman: Infrastructure Bill “Closer to Summer”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Feb. 15 that an infrastructure bill could be ready “closer to summer” now that the Trump Administration has unveiled its infrastructure proposal.

Trump Administration Rolls Out Infrastructure Plan

February 12, 2018

Trump Administration Rolls Out Infrastructure Plan

The Trump Administration on Feb. 12 officially rolled out its proposal for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, which contains several policy provisions that would crush the truckstop and travel plaza industry.

White House Says “Slight Delay” in Infrastructure Plan

February 1, 2018

White House Says “Slight Delay” in Infrastructure Plan

The White House said that the unveiling of President Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal would again be delayed, citing the recent government shutdown. The announcement came just one day after the President said that his plan would arrive “in a week or two, right after the State of the Union Address.”

President Calls on Congress to Produce $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill in State of the Union

January 31, 2018

President Calls on Congress to Produce $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill in State of the Union

President Donald Trump called on Congress to produce a bipartisan $1.5 trillion bill for new infrastructure investment during his first State of the Union address last night, saying it would provide a safe, fast, reliable and modern infrastructure that the U.S. economy needs.

Trump Administration's Infrastructure Plan Leaked

January 23, 2018

Trump Administration's Infrastructure Plan Leaked

A draft document leaked to press on Jan. 22 and widely speculated to be the funding principles for the Trump Administration’s long-awaited infrastructure plan called for liberalizing tolling policy and allowing states to commercialize interstate rest areas among its proposals for funding infrastructure, both of which would dramatically undercut businesses that operate at the Interstate exits.

Looking Ahead in 2018

January 2, 2018

Looking Ahead in 2018

While infrastructure funding ranks among the top issues for truckstops and travel plaza operators, it’s just one of many issues in which NATSO will engage in 2018. Here’s an overview of the top NATSO issues that will be in play this year.

NATSO, Trade Groups Urge Arizona Lawmakers to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

December 6, 2017

NATSO, Trade Groups Urge Arizona Lawmakers to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

A coalition of trade associations representing a broad cross-section of highway-based businesses and local communities urged Arizona's federal lawmakers to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to operate commercial rest areas under a pilot program.

Sec. Chao: Infrastructure Package Timeline Slips Further

December 5, 2017

Sec. Chao: Infrastructure Package Timeline Slips Further

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Dec. 5 that the Trump Administration’s massive infrastructure package won’t arrive until next year, possibly after a health care and welfare overhaul. The timeline projection marks yet another delay for the massive infrastructure plan that President Trump had promised as one of his priorities for the first 100 days in office.

Commercializing Arizona Rest Areas Would Harm Business, Communities, Bowlin Travel Centers Says

November 27, 2017

Commercializing Arizona Rest Areas Would Harm Business, Communities, Bowlin Travel Centers Says

Commercializing rest areas in Arizona would bring more harm than good to the state’s local businesses and communities, according to Michael Bowlin, President of Bowlin Travel Centers. Responding to an editorial in the Sierra Vista Herald, Bowlin said that his business and others operating at the interstate exits would suffer a dramatic drop in sales and subsequently a corresponding drop in employees and tax receipts if the state is allowed to commercialize rest areas directly on the Interstate Highway System.

President Reiterates Infrastructure to Follow Tax Reform

November 20, 2017

President Reiterates Infrastructure to Follow Tax Reform

President Donald Trump reiterated Nov. 20 that a massive infrastructure plan will be the Administration’s next priority once Congress finishes tax reform.

NATSO Urges DOT to Reject Arizona Request to Commercialize Rest Areas

November 6, 2017

NATSO Urges DOT to Reject Arizona Request to Commercialize Rest Areas

Arizona Gov. Douglas Ducey petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to operate commercial rest areas under a pilot program, a move that threatens the truckstop and travel plaza industry as well as other businesses operating near Interstate exits.

White House Economic Advisor Floats Possibility of Fuel Tax Increase

October 25, 2017

White House Economic Advisor Floats Possibility of Fuel Tax Increase

The President’s chief economic advisor on Oct. 25 raised the possibility of increasing the federal motor fuels tax next year to help pay for the Administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

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.

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.

NATSO Details Ill Effects of Commercial Rest Areas for Independent Journal Review

August 9, 2017

NATSO Details Ill Effects of Commercial Rest Areas for Independent Journal Review

Businesses have invested heavily in real estate off interstate exits and allowing states to flip highway policy on its head and permit commercial rest areas after more than 50 years of established rules would devastate, truckstops, fuel retailers, convenience stores, hotel and blind vendors, NATSO told the Independent Journal Review in a recent interview.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Urges FHWA to Address New York State’s Commercial Rest Areas

August 8, 2017

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Urges FHWA to Address New York State’s Commercial Rest Areas

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) on Aug. 8 urged the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to hold New York state accountable for its violation of the federal law prohibiting commercial rest areas.

NATSO Files Comments with DOT, Urges Agency to Maintain Existing Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

July 25, 2017

NATSO Files Comments with DOT, Urges Agency to Maintain Existing Prohibition on Commercial Rest Areas

Expanding commercial services at rest areas, including liberalizing the definition of "vending machine," threatens consumers, small business and localities by undercutting the highway-based businesses that currently operate near the interstate exit interchanges, NATSO said in comments filed with the Department of Transportation (DOT) July 24.

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.

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.

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