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Why Highway Groups Are Protesting Senate Transportation Bill
May 23, 2016 State and national transportation groups oppose Senate plan to reclaim more than $2 billion of unobligated highway funds.

California Commission Slashes $1.5 Billion of Road, Transit Projects
May 20, 2016 California cut or delayed $1.5 billion of projects from a five-year road program as gas tax collections continue to fall.

Transit System Infrastructure Funding Faulted
May 19, 2016 U.S. transit operators say reliable, dedicated funding is needed to resolve growing maintenance problems.

House Panel Approves 2017 Transportation Budget
May 18, 2016 House appropriations panel adopts a fiscal 2017 transportation budget that incorporates FAST Act funding.

What Transportation Funding Plans Were Offered by the Minn. Gov.?
May 17, 2016 Both 10-year transportation funding plans proposed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton include $2 billion of road bonds.

What's Causing Minn.'s Legislative Deadlock Over Transportation Funding?
May 16, 2016 Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will propose a compromise transportation funding bill to resolve a legislative deadlock.

Why the Next President, Congress Need a Comprehensive Infrastructure Plan
May 16, 2016 The next president and new Congress have an opportunity to reverse the ongoing decline in the nation's aging infrastructure.

No New State Transportation Funding for Colorado
May 11, 2016 A Colorado lawmaker’s proposal for a $3.5 billion state road bond referendum fails in the final hours of 2016 session.

Colorado Lawmakers Advance $3.5 Billion Highway Note Bill
May 6, 2016 Colorado Senate has approved a $3.5 billion road note package that could go to voters in November.

Texas Bullet Train Developers Seek Federal Assurances
May 5, 2016 Developers of a proposed $12 billion Houston-Dallas bullet train want federal regulators to affirm their oversight of project.

KC Voters Would Not Support Airport Terminal Bonds
May 4, 2016 Poll finds scant support from Kansas City (Mo.) voters for bonds that would finance a new $964 million airport terminal.

Montana Governor Proposes $200 Million Infrastructure Plan
May 3, 2016 Montana Gov. Steve Bullocks wants lawmakers to focus on infrastructure in 2017 session.

TIFIA Loan To Help Fund Houston Tolled Lane P3
May 2, 2016 A $357 million federal TIFIA loan to a Texas P3 project will help finance construction of tolled express lanes on a Houston...

Most Americans Would Support Mileage Fee Road Funding
April 29, 2016 Most Americans surveyed in a new poll would support replacing the gasoline tax with road user fees.

Federal Green Bus Grants Go To Seven Transit Agencies
April 28, 2016 The Federal Transit Administration will award $22.5 million of clean technology grants to seven transit agencies.

Bill Would Increase Federal Funds for Replacement of Dangerous Dams
April 27, 2016 Federal grants would be available to repair or replace dangerous dams under bipartisan Senate proposal.

Baltimore Project Wins OK for TIF Bonds
April 26, 2016 The Baltimore Board of Finance has approved $535 million of TIF bonds for a $5.5 billion waterfront development project.

Highway Gridlock Costs Truckers $50 Billion per Year
April 25, 2016 Congested urban highways in the U.S. add unnecessary costs to truckers as drivers spend long hours in traffic bottlenecks.

Missouri Voters May Be Asked to Raise Gasoline Tax
April 22, 2016 Missouri Senate passes a bill setting up a statewide gasoline tax referendum in November.

Senate Committee Approves 2017 Transportation Budget
April 21, 2016 The fiscal 2017 federal transportation budget approved by Senate Appropriations Committee incorporates FAST Act funding.


Chris Hamel, managing director and head of municipal finance at RBC Capital Markets, discusses why the infrastructure problem in the U.S. is not one of capital but of funding, why P3 has not yet taken off in this country and how it could, how design-build could work well within the muni framework, and issues a call-to-action to the muni industry to come together to advance an infrastructure agenda.

Our legislation would preserve money market funds as a source of liquidity and capital for public the infrastructure needs of our citizens.

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