By Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center

A poll conducted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers concluded that nearly half of Americans in both parties believe infrastructure quality has declined over the past five years. More than 70 percent of respondents also stated that federal, local, and state governments need to do additional work to improve America’s road network. Read More>>

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D- District 3) said discussions concerning the state’s proposed 23 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase have not made any progress, and voiced concerns that a resolution would not be reached until after the Nov. 8 general election. Sweeney said the Senate was one vote away from gaining the 27 votes needed to pass the gas tax hike and guarantee an override of an expected veto by Gov. Chris Christie (R). Read More>>

Meanwhile, New Jersey residents and construction workers are feeling the negative effects of the state’s transportation funding shutdown. Read More>>

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said Aug. 9 that he would veto an application for federal grants that would fund research into a vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) pilot program for the state. Several other states near Massachusetts are planning VMT pilot programs, including Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. Read More>>

A California lawmaker announced Aug. 9 that a comprehensive transportation funding bill will be proposed soon, with enough new revenue to close the state’s $6 billion annual transportation funding gap. Read More>>