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Cap and Trade Auction Credits: Taxes, Regulatory Fees or “Something Else”? California Third District Court of Appeal Hears Argument on AB 32 GHG Reduction Program

A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal for the Third District heard oral arguments last week in the longstanding companion cases challenging the legality of AB 32’s cap and trade auctions. (California Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board and Morning Star Packing Co. v. California Air Resources Board)  The questions most … Continue Reading

A Rise in the Tides for Water Infrastructure

It’s been a productive time for advocates of water in the U.S. with President Obama signing into law the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN).  WIIN includes the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), together with provisions to authorize critical water projects  and improve drinking water infrastructure, water storage and supply, flood … Continue Reading

Kentucky Rolls Out its P3 Law in Lexington

The National Council for Public Private Partnerships (NCPPP) and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce recently concluded on October 28 a very well-attended two day conference in Lexington, Kentucky on the Commonwealth’s new public-private partnership (P3) enabling legislation, the so-called “HB-309.”  HB-309’s chief drafter, Rep. Leslie Combs, was on-hand, participating in nearly every panel discussion, either as a … Continue Reading

Constitutional Use of Toll Revenue the Subject of Recent Federal Court Decision

Public agencies with toll-setting authority should take note of a recent federal court decision relating to the uses of user fees and toll revenue, as well as the stated goals of the plaintiff in that case. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently clarified the constitutional uses of toll revenue … Continue Reading

U.S. DOT Unveils Build America Bureau

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, senior Department staff, and even an official from the White House gathered at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters on July 20th to celebrate the grand opening of the Build America Bureau. After sharing a cake emblazoned with its logo, the dignitaries led a tour through the Bureau’s new office space … Continue Reading

Thousands Of Californians Sign Up For VMT Trial

In response to a request from the California Department of Transportation, 5,000 California drivers signed up for the state’s nine month pilot program to replace the state’s gas tax with a charge based on vehicle miles traveled.  Starting July 1 of this year, the volunteers will make simulated payments based on how many miles they … Continue Reading

Go Big Red-y for Design-Build! Nebraska Enables and Funds Innovative Highway and Bridge Procurements

Governor Pete Rickets followed through on a promise to rethink infrastructure delivery in Nebraska.  Signing LB 960, the “Transportation Innovation Act,” into law, Nebraska is poised to clear its backlog of highway development in the state.  The new law passed unanimously in mid-April. The Transportation Innovation Act reserved $50 million of Nebraska’s cash reserve and … Continue Reading

California Gets Serious About Pilot Program to Replace State Gas Tax

For years, policymakers and economists around the country have been well aware that the federal gas tax is dying. In its report to Congress, the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, on which I was honored to serve, made clear that we must replace the 18.4 cent federal gas tax with other means of funding … Continue Reading
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