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Transportation, Other Groups Oppose Highway Funding Shift
September 22, 2014 Transportation advocates want to put the kibosh on congressional proposals to slash the federal gasoline tax and turn over...

Bill Diverts Federal Highway Dollars To State Grants
September 19, 2014 Bipartisan bill introduced in the House would divert 10% of federal highway dollars to state-run transportation grant programs...

House Panel's Plan Cuts Amtrak Project Funding
September 18, 2014 House committee okays plan to cut Amtrak's allocation for capital projects to $770 million a year from the current $1.3 billion.

Interstate Tolling Inevitable, Experts Say
September 17, 2014 Tolls on existing interstate highways will be an increasingly common way of funding road projects within 10 years, experts say.

House Panel Issues Report Citing Importance of TIFIA, PABs to P3s
September 17, 2014 P3s can often deliver high-cost projects more quickly than wholly public efforts but can't solve the nation's infrastructure...

Texas Testing New Highway Funding Sources
September 16, 2014 Texas is trying new ideas in infrastructure transportation funding to keep up with demand from a growing population.

Poll Finds Support for Interstate Tolls
September 12, 2014 Americans strongly support tolling existing interstates if collections are dedicated to highway upgrades, according to a new...

Coalition Seeks Federal Funding for Freight
September 11, 2014 Coalition of shippers and operators of infrastructure assets wants long-term funding for freight projects in the next federal...

Bill in House Would Redirect Some Amtrak Profits
September 11, 2014 Proposed legislation in the House would cut Amtrak's funding by 40% and redirect passenger-line profits to Northeast capital...

Federal TIGER Grants Announced By Lawmakers
September 10, 2014 Members of Congress broke the news early on allocations of federal TIGER grants ahead of the official announcement of awards...


Issuance of municipal MSA tobacco bonds by states was the subject of a highly critical article published by ProPublica. The article attempts to make a case that states erred in deciding to issue tobacco bonds. The article was widely circulated across social media. As we frequently observe, the national media focus on the muni market is appreciated, but the facts got muddied in the pursuit of a good story.

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