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While Some States Turn to Public-Private Partnerships, Tolls for Big Transportation Projects, Others Face a BacklashBy Sean Slone | Friday, May 24, 2013 at 10:07 am
I have an article in this week’s edition of the Capitol Ideas E-Newsletter profiling Maryland’s new law governing public-private partnerships (P3s) and previewing Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s appearance next month at the InfraAmericas U.S. P3 Infrastructure Forum in New York City. For those interested in some additional reading on the subjects of P3s and tolling, here are some links and items worthy of note.
A blue ribbon panel in West Virginia said this week the state needs an additional $1.13 billion to $1.28 billion a year to build and maintain the state’s road system. They’ll take the month of June to assess the possible revenue options at a series of public hearings. There are also reports this week on a number of states facing disappointment on the transportation revenue front or still hoping to get something done in the waning days of legislative sessions.
A gas tax increase in Minnesota appears dead for this session. A plan to index Louisiana’s gas tax to inflation failed to win votes this week. And transportation funding plans are moving forward in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania but face political challenges ahead. Here’s the latest roundup of what’s going on around the country as states seek solutions to meeting their transportation needs.
VA Circuit Court Judge Decision Declares Tunnel Tolls Unconstitutional; Could Impact Other Public-Private PartnershipsBy Sean Slone | Monday, May 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm
A Circuit Court judge’s decision in Virginia could spell trouble for a tunnel project already under construction in the Norfolk-Portsmouth area and could have broader ramifications for the future use of public-private partnerships (P3s) in the commonwealth. I also have links to a number of other recent items on tolling and P3s and more on a conference this summer that will bring these issues into sharp focus.
New Transportation Revenues Have to Wait for Special Session in Washington State; Updates on Six Other StatesBy Sean Slone | Friday, May 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm
An $8.5 billion transportation revenue package in Washington State, including a 10-cent gas tax hike, will have to wait for a special session after lawmakers adjourned their regular session this week without passing the package, which would have provided a companion to an $8.8 billion transportation budget they did approve. I also have updates on transportation funding developments in six other states.