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Chao: Solution Elusive for More Infrastructure Funding
February 27, 2017 Finding the federal funding needed for major infrastructure renewal requires teamwork, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao...

Trump to Talk Infrastructure Amid Concerns His Plan Is Delayed
February 24, 2017 President Trump is expected to focus on infrastructure in his address to Congress Tuesday amid concern that his $1 trillion...

Petition Drive Aims to Unblock Caltrain Rail Grant
February 23, 2017 Caltrain is relying on an on-line petition to reverse a hold on $647 million federal rail grant.

Texas Lawmakers Try to Stop Bullet Train
February 22, 2017 Texas lawmakers have filed almost two dozen bills in an effort to derail a privately funded high-speed rail line.

Texas HSR Proposal Slammed as Costly Boondoggle
February 21, 2017 Reason Foundation says $12 billion privately financed Texas bullet train proposal would require public funding.

Indiana Eyes Interstate Tolls to Fund Upkeep
February 17, 2017 Indiana may put tolls on its interstates to fund road work under a state House-approved bill.

Tolling Could Provide Road Revenues, but Opposition Must be Overcome
February 16, 2017 Elected officials must persuade motorists of the value of interstate highway tolling, according to new Fitch report.

Caucus Asks to Work With Trump on Infrastructure, Tax Reform Legislation
February 15, 2017 Bipartisan caucus of lawmakers wants to meet with President Trump on developing consensus tax reform, infrastructure...

West Virginia Road Plan Includes Bonds, Gas Tax Hike
February 14, 2017 West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice wants a higher gasoline tax to support up to $2.8 billion of road bonds.

Company Planning Texas Bullet Train Drops Eminent Domain Lawsuits
February 13, 2017 Texas Central Rail has dropped eminent domain lawsuits due to “positive dialogue” with many landowners.

Expanded Bonding Key to Trump's Infrastructure Plan
February 10, 2017 Expanding the use of private activity bonds to more projects could be essential part of President Trump’s infrastructure...

South Carolina Seeks $5 Billion from Trump's Infrastructure Program
February 7, 2017 Projects in South Carolina’s $5 billion infrastructure request includes interstate highway upgrades and harbor dredging.

Trump Infrastructure Plan's Reliance on Tolls Bombs with Shippers
February 6, 2017 DALLAS – President Trump’s infrastructure proposal’s reliance on public-private partnerships to rebuild America’s crumbling...

Battle Lines Drawn in Tennessee Gas Tax Spat
February 3, 2017 Tennessee House GOP leaders are at odds with Republican Gov. Bill Haslam over road funding proposals.

Outlook Dims for Trump Pledge on Infrastructure Funding
February 2, 2017 President Trump’s promise of infrastructure action in first 100 days slipping away, experts say.

Business Execs Push Gas Tax, PABs, P3s for Infrastructure Funds
February 1, 2017 Business executives tell House panel there are many avenues to increase infrastructure funding.

Cash-Strapped Louisiana Eyes P3 for Interstate Highway Upgrades
January 31, 2017 Louisiana may rely on a P3 to finance the widening and other upgrades to Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge.

Wisconsin Lawmakers Seek Better Post-Audit Highway Costs
January 30, 2017 Republicans in Wisconsin legislature ask planners for more realistic estimates of highway project costs.

Wisconsin's Real Road Costs Bust Expectations
January 27, 2017 The cost of major road projects in Wisconsin is twice as much as highway planners estimated, audit finds.

Trump Orders Rapid Review for High-Priority Infrastructure
January 26, 2017 President Trump’s order to streamline environmental permits is expected to ensure that get projects underway sooner.


How are the nation's suburban municipalities shaping up politically and financially? Larry Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University discusses how the 2016 presidential election played out in the suburbs and whether the changing landscape in Washington D.C. will impact borrowing for infrastructure projects. Hosted by Andrew Coen.

As we await details of the new administration’s infrastructure plans, we must continue to demonstrate the strengths of the tax-exempt municipal market that we have today.

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