Prioritizing HURF Funding in the FY 2017 State Budget

This week Governor Doug Ducey kicked off the 2016 legislative session with the annual State of the State speech. The Governor reiterated his commitment to continuously improving the business climate in Arizona by keeping taxes low and regulations in...

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Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry Statement of Support for Federal Highway Funding Legislation

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry strongly supports efforts in Congress to pass a multi-year federal highway funding bill. It has been ten years since the last long-term funding bill. The series of short-term extensions that Congress has...

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Texas Passes Ballot Proposition Providing $2.5 Billion in Additional Funding for Transportation Each Year

Yesterday, Texas voters passed Proposition 7 with 83% of the vote. Prop 7, the Texas Sales and Use Tax Revenue for Transportation Amendment, is a constitutional amendment designed to provide up to $2.5 billion per year for transportation infrastructure....

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Case Study #4: Moving Ahead in Utah

This week we turn to our neighbors to the north, Utah, for our monthly look at state-led efforts to upgrade transportation infrastructure. Utah has a strong track record of fiscal conservatism. Proposals to increase taxes are only successful when...

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Case Study #3: Georgia’s Winning Strategy to Upgrade Its Roads

If you’ve ever driven around Atlanta, Georgia, you’ve likely noticed two things: #1) Almost every street seems to be named “Peachtree,” and #2) The city has some of the worst traffic in the nation. These observations are pretty accurate....

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Local, state and federal cooperation needed to improve safety of deteriorating roads

Reading the latest data on the condition of our nation’s roads from the transportation research organization TRIP makes that lifetime alignment policy from Firestone looks like a wise investment. Nationwide, 28% of major roadways are in “poor” condition, costing...

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The Winding Road to Reauthorizing the Highway Trust Fund

With the 33rd temporary extension of the MAP-21 legislation set to expire at the end of July, Congress has been a flurry with activity to find a longer-term solution for the Highway Trust Fund. It has been a full...

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Case Study #2: Nebraska – The Perfect Storm

This week we continue our series on efforts in other Republican-led states to fund transportation infrastructure. Nebraska has a unicameral legislature with 35 Republicans, 13 Democrats and 1 Independent and a Republican Governor, Pete Ricketts. The call for repairing and...

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Case Study #1: Iowa

Arizona is not alone in its quest to modernize and improve its transportation infrastructure. States across the country are developing strategic transportation plans and seeking stable and sufficient revenue streams. The state of Iowa stands out as an example...

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User Pays: Traditional Wisdom for Modern Times

The user pays model of financing highway and road construction and maintenance has served our nation well since the early 20th Century. In 1956, Congress further embraced this model when it created the Highway Trust Fund, financed by the...

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