CHICAGO — States are no longer waiting for the federal government when it comes to trying to drum up new revenue for transportation infrastructure, said Victor Mendez, administrator, Federal Highway Administration, Friday morning at the Bond Buyer's Transportation Finance/P3 conference here.

"Various states in the past year or so, they're not waiting for Congress," Mendez said, noting that Virginia has imposed a sales tax to raise new revenue and Wyoming increased its gas tax, "which to us was very surprising." A handful of other states, including Michigan, are eying new revenue options, and the changes could spark interest from national lawmakers, said Mendez.

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