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Lawmakers Offer Bill for American Infrastructure Fund
January 23, 2015 A congressional bipartisan duo filed a bill to capitalize a $50 billion infrastructure bank with 50-year taxable bonds bearing...

Paul to Offer Bill to Fund Highways Through Repatriation
January 22, 2015 Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is developing legislation that would dedicate revenues from corporate tax reform to federal highway...

Obama Avoids Transportation Funding Details, QPIBs In SOTU
January 21, 2015 President Obama called for bipartisan support for a multiyear transportation funding bill without providing specifics on pay...

Record Fed Loan for Puget Sound Transit Expansion
January 20, 2015 Seattle's Sound Transit gets a $1.3 billion federal loan to revive voter-approved $4 billion light rail project stalled by...

Muni Market Participants Applaud QPIB, Water Proposals
January 16, 2015 Municipal market participants applauded President Obama’s proposal on Friday to create a new type of tax-exempt municipal bond...

Gas Tax Woes Stifle Missouri Road Work
January 15, 2015 Weakening gasoline tax revenues will force Missouri to concentrate limited financial resources to road work on major arteries.

Chamber President: Higher Gas Tax Best Option
January 14, 2015 Chamber of Commerce chief Tom Donahue says oil price drop makes federal gas tax increase seem more attractive.

Maine Unveils $2 Billion Transportation Plan
January 13, 2015 Maine's $2 billion, three-year transportation program is designed to upgrade the state's infrastructure despite sluggish...

New IBTTA President Focuses on Toll Options
January 12, 2015 New IBTTA president Javier Rodriguez seeks more toll options to fund investments in transportation infrastructure.

Tennessee Group Seeks Transportation Revenues
January 9, 2015 Tennessee highway coalition drums up support for an increase in state taxes and fees for infrastructure projects.


Contrary to the assertion in a Bond Buyer article that the 2010s may turn out to be the decade of the municipal bankruptcy, it is remarkable how few muni bankruptcies were sought in the wake of the most severe fiscal crisis to hit local governments since the Great Depression.

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