Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke (R- District 27A) expects transportation funding will be a bigger issue than anticipated in the last month of the 2017 legislative session,  describing damaged roads and rough winter weather during a March 1 lunch with the Capitol press corps. Read More>>

 California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and state lawmakers have agreed to reach a solution to the state’s transportation funding shortfall by April 6. Read More>>

 In his Feb. 9 budget address, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) proposed utilizing a budget surplus to provide an estimated $84 million to repair roads, bridges and schools. Read More>>

 Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s (R) transportation funding plan— the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy” (IMPROVE) Act—  narrowly passed the House Transportation Subcommittee with significant amendments on a vote of 4-4, requiring Speaker Pro Tem Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) to provide a tie-breaking vote. The subcommittee, which was widely viewed as one of the toughest challenges for the IMPROVE Act, replaced the proposed motor fuel tax increase with a 0.25 percent allocation of the general sales tax, and removed indexing motor fuel taxes to inflation. The IMRPOVE Act now goes to the full House Transportation Committee. Read More>>