In Michigan, the Republican-led legislature approved a $59.9 billion budget, which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) called “a mess.” While the budget adds $400 million in general fund revenue to transportation, Whitmer says the amount is too low and shouldn’t be drawn from general funds. A budget must pass before Oct. 1 to avoid a partial state government shutdown. Read more>>

 

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) is preparing a transportation funding plan that will include a scaled back tolling proposal. Aiming for a legislative review this fall, the plan focuses on economic growth and reducing commute times. Read more>>

 

In California, the Environmental Protection Agency has threatened to withdraw billions of dollars in transportation funding unless the state clears a backlog of air pollution control plans. California is expected to receive about $8 billion in federal transportation funding though fiscal years 2019 and 2020. Read more>>

 

In California, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors supported a proposed sales tax hike projected to yield $3.6 billion in transportation funding over 35 years. This approval is critical to Contra Costa County Transportation Authority placing a half-cent sales tax hike on the March 2020 ballot. Read more>>