Jim Watts

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Infrastructure Policy Seen Shifting to Private Investments
November 30, 2016 Industry experts see federal transportation policy shifting toward more private investments in public projects.

Trump Picks Chao for Transportation Secretary
November 29, 2016 President-elect Trump has named former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao as his secretary of transportation.

Top Dems Want Promised Road Funding in Budget Extension
November 29, 2016 Ranking Democrats on House Transportation Committee seek full road funding boost promised for 2017.

Judge Keeps Purple Line P3 in Limbo
November 28, 2016 Federal judge continues to block Marylandís $5.6 billion Purple Line P3 rail project over ridership worries.

Lawmakers Wary of Trump's $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
November 23, 2016 Lawmakers skeptical of tax credits and private investments want details of Trumpís infrastructure proposal.

State Road Funding Woes Await Lawmakers
November 22, 2016 State legislators and highway officials will grapple with transportation funding proposals in 2017.

Trump Infrastructure Plan Worries State Highway Officials
November 21, 2016 State highway officials warn that Trumpís $1 trillion infrastructure proposal ignores Highway Trust Fund woes.

Transportation Bankers Seeking Details in Trump's Plan
November 18, 2016 Trumpís plan is seen by finance professionals as an effort to attract private capital to infrastructure projects.

Autonomous Cars Seen as Road Funding Solution
November 18, 2016 Self-driving vehicles could be the ticket for replacing the fuel tax as the main road funding mechanism, accord to...

Federal Loan Completes Chesapeake Tunnel Financing
November 16, 2016 A $338.5 million federal loan is part of the funding package for a subsea road tunnel project in Virginia.

Trains Favored Over High-Tech Gridlock Buster
November 15, 2016 Transit advocates want Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to drop search for high-tech ways to unclog congestion.

Localities Cautioned on Future Federal Road Funding Under Trump
November 14, 2016 Local governments should look to own resources to fund large transportation projects, warns Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

Transportation Wins Big, Reflects Declining Federal Funds
November 10, 2016 Voters approved more than $200 billion of bonds, tax extensions, and new revenues for roads and transit.

Trump's Infrastructure Plan Draws Support, But Could Hurt Munis
November 10, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump's promise to rebuild the nation's infrastructure is resonating with Republican and Democratic...

Mississippi Lawmakers Want to Repeal Tax Cut, Redirect Funds to Roads
November 8, 2016 Some Mississippi Democratic legislators want to void a state tax cut to fund roads.

Virginia Beach Rail Vote Too Close to Call
November 7, 2016 Voters in Virginia Beach, Va., are split almost evenly on a light rail proposal to appear on Tuesday's ballot that could...

P3 Payday: Virginia to Get $1.65 Billion from I-66 Toll Lane Partners
November 4, 2016 Virginia will receive $1.65 billion from private partner that will finance and operate toll express lanes on I-66.

Budget Cuts Threaten Colorado Highway Work
November 3, 2016 Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to cut $191 million from state highway budget.

Record Transit Requests Show Sea-Change in Federal Funding
November 2, 2016 The record number of local transit elections next week reflects declining federal funding, experts say.

Unpopular Road Fee Best Option for Highway Funding
November 1, 2016 Researchers say mileage-based road fee is best solution to transportation funding but motorists disagree.

Climate Bonds Initiative CEO Sean Kidney, in a spirited chat from London with northeast regional editor Paul Burton, charts the landscape for the U.S. municipal green bond issuance.

Here are some of the key "known unknowns" — factors that are likely to affect valuations and creditworthiness and functioning in the state and local finance sector — as the Trump Administration and Congress sort them out.

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