While a number of states have already completed work this year on transportation funding plans, officials in a number of other states are still hard at work seeking compromises, stating their cases and planning for the future if they’re ultimately unsuccessful in 2013. I have updates on nine of them, as well as links to a number of recent items on the trends in states seeking new transportation revenues this year.
The Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced today the launching of a greatly enhanced state energy portal which can provide users a dynamic and customizable tool that can display and manipulate energy data.
America's largest supermarket chain, Cincinnati-based Kroger, recently announced it would install 225 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 125 stores across California and Arizona according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
New Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Bill Now Law in Maryland; More State Updates on P3s & TollingBy Sean Slone | Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley this week signed into law a House bill that revises guidelines for infrastructure public-private partnerships (P3s). I also have updates on P3, toll and other projects and policies in eight other states, a look at some recent reports and writings on those topics, and some information about how state government officials can learn more on these topics at an important forum this summer.
Last Friday’s jobs report revealed that the labor force participation rate – the proportion of the working age, civilian non-institutional population that either has a job or is actively looking for one – hit 63.8 percent, the lowest rate since February 1979. That means 496,000 people left the workforce from February 2013 to March 2013. People leave the labor force for a number of reasons, including moving into retirement or onto the disability rolls, leaving the job market to go to school or because they are discouraged and are no longer actively seeking employment.
Yesterday, the Florida Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee unanimously passed legislation that would greatly change a 2006 measure designed to allow utilities to charge upfront costs for nuclear power projects before they go into service.
Transportation plans in Maryland, Ohio and Virginia are one step closer to becoming a reality this week. For other states though, the debate over how to fund transportation going forward continues. I also have some noteworthy items below on the condition of America’s infrastructure and what states are doing about it.
Lively debate is underway in several states over whether to take up the Medicaid eligibility expansion to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The U.S. Supreme Court decision last summer left the decision in the hands of state policymakers, some of whom are wary of taking on what could be a costly long-term commitment if the promise of generous federal matching funds doesn’t hold in years to come.
Below is a rundown of the debate in some state capitols across the nation.
On July 1st, provisions banning the disposal of electronic waste like TVs, computers, DVD players, and other devices will go into effect under Colorado's "Electronic Recycling Jobs Act." For consumers in the state looking for solutions to get rid of their unwanted gadgets, the Colorado Department of Public Health has created a website with information on the nearest recycling centers or retail stores like Best Buy or Staples that may also offer free recycling programs.
Robbing Peter to Pay Paul? Some States Ponder Using Transportation Funds to Solve Other Budget ProblemsBy Sean Slone | Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm
Despite the potential for fiscal as well as perception problems down the road, a number of states continue to look to transportation revenues for their potential to fill budget holes elsewhere. Other states are taking the opposite path, trying to ensure that revenues intended for transportation are not siphoned away for other purposes. I also have updates on some states that continue to move forward with transportation revenue packages in legislative sessions around the country this year.