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Tolling Could Provide Road Revenues, but Opposition Must be Overcome
Elected officials must persuade motorists of the value of interstate highway tolling, according to new Fitch report.  more »
Fitch Ratings sees interstate highway tolls as a potentially significant revenue source for transportation.
Indiana may put tolls on its interstates to fund road work under a state House-approved bill. more »
A trade war or trade slowdown with China could impact some credits, with West Coast container ports particularly vulnerable. more »
Bipartisan caucus of lawmakers wants to meet with President Trump on developing consensus tax reform, infrastructure legislation. more »
Keeping the full tax-exemption for municipal bonds will be vital to America’s plans for rebuilding its infrastructure, Scott Pattison, executive director and CEO of the National Governors Association, said on Tuesday. more »
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice wants a higher gasoline tax to support up to $2.8 billion of road bonds. more »
Two corporate executives and lobbyists told treasurers meeting here on Monday that they are hearing positive things about municipal bonds from legislative staffers, but a senior tax staffer from the Senate Finance Committee said tax reform may slip into 2018. more »
Texas Central Rail has dropped eminent domain lawsuits due to “positive dialogue” with many landowners. more »
Expanding the use of private activity bonds to more projects could be essential part of President Trump’s infrastructure program. more »
Companion bills introduced in the House and Senate would allow state and local governments to issue up to $5 billion of private activity bonds to finance the repair or construction of public buildings under public-private partnership arrangements. more »
Tax-exempt municipal bonds are critical to any infrastructure plan, a county official representing the National Association of Counties said at a hearing held by a Senate committee on Wednesday. more »
President Trump, in promising massive transportation investments, did not mention what the fiscal impact would be on interest rates. Nor did he discuss the critical role of local and state governments in financing the nation’s public infrastructure. more »
California Republicans have asked the Trump administration to block federal aid to the state's high speed rail project. more »
Projects in South Carolina’s $5 billion infrastructure request includes interstate highway upgrades and harbor dredging. more »

What does the muni market have in store for us in 2017 after a record breaking year issuance-wise in 2016? Kevin Dunphy, managing director and head of public finance for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, talks about the overall outlook for the muni market, what he sees for issuance in 2017, and addresses shrinking underwriter spreads and what, if anything, can be done to increase those margins. Hosted by Aaron Weitzman.

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