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Jim Watts

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Sen. McCaskill Slams Colleagues Over Highway Inertia
May 5, 2015 Lack of action on a long-term transportation funding bill “is a joke,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

Gasoline Tax Shaky as Consumption Hits 30-Year Low
May 4, 2015 Average gasoline consumption falls to a 30-year low, threatening revenues from the main source of state and federal...

Oregon VMT Program Ready to Roll
April 30, 2015 Oregon selects the vendors that will collect the vehicle data needed for the nation’s first pay-per-mile road usage program.

House Panel Appropriations Bill Would Freeze Transportation Funding
April 29, 2015 House Appropriations subcommittee adopted a fiscal 2016 transportation budget with no increase in highway and transit spending.

Wyden, Other Senate Panel Democrats Push for Quick Action on HTF
April 28, 2015 Millions of jobs and billions of dollars in state road and transit projects are at risk unless a multiyear federal...

High Hurdles Remain for U.S. P3s
April 27, 2015 Public-private partnerships may become an important tool for transportation financing, but must overcome political and social...

Maryland Governor Wants Purple Line Costs Cut
April 24, 2015 Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wants major cost reductions in Purple Line P3 rail proposal or he'll kill the project.

Airports, Airlines Wrangle Over Passenger Fee Increase
April 23, 2015 Airline advocates told Senate Commerce Committee members at a hearing on Thursday that there is no need to almost double the...

Study: Purple Line Would Boost Economy, Generate Revenues
April 22, 2015 An economic study says Maryland’s proposed $2.45 billion Purple Line light rail would boost area’s income and job opportunities.

AAPA Warns Land-Side Bottlenecks Strangling Ports
April 21, 2015 Unclogging the congested road and bridge connections linking ports with land trade routes will cost $29 billion by 2025, an...


This week, we discuss a new measure of pension funding, examine the impact of oil prices on labor markets in oil dependent States and discuss changing levels of food stamp participation.

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