Daily News Briefs, April 15, 2021

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US Senate Committee Hearing Focuses On Highway Funding Reauthorization

AASHTO Journal reports, “The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works examined possible revenue solutions to ensure the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund during a hearing on April 14 – with much of the discussion focused on vehicle mile travelled or VMT user-fee funding methods.” The committee received oral and written testimony from a range of witnesses, including AASHTO. In his opening statement, committee chair Tom Carper (D-DE) summarized four principles that, in his view, both parties in Congress should be able to agree on as they work to achieve a compromise on FAST Act reauthorization.

The Hill has a report on Senator Carper’s “user-pay approach” to transportation funding.

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Road Usage Charging US Gov't Transportation Funding US Highway Trust Fund

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NY Times Poll Reveals Strong Public Support For Biden Infrastructure Plan

The New York Times reports, “President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan has yet to win over a single Republican in Congress, but it is broadly popular with voters nationwide, mirroring the dynamics of the $1.9 trillion economic aid bill that Mr. Biden signed into law last month. The infrastructure proposal garners support from two in three Americans, and from seven in 10 independent voters, in new polling for The New York Times by the online research firm SurveyMonkey. Three in 10 Republican respondents support the plan, which features spending on roads, water pipes, the electrical grid, care for older and disabled Americans and a range of efforts to shift to low-carbon energy sources.”

American Jobs Plan Infrastructure Investment Trends US Gov't Transportation Funding

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