CNBC » Donohue believes fixes needed to U.S. infrastructure include, “bringing up our roads, our bridges, our transit systems and then on larger projects issues of ports and airports.” Waterways and energy systems need work as well, he added. Infrastructure in the United States is “25 years behind at least,” Donohue told “Squawk Box” from the sidelines of the chamber’s infrastructure summit.
KING-TV » The Washington State Transportation Commission is expected to get a progress report Thursday on the upcoming statewide pay-by-mile pilot program, which could eventually be a gas tax replacement. Because there are more highly fuel-efficient cars these days, the state says it needs to find new ways to make up for the lost tax revenue to pay for roads.
Washington’s Top News » Maryland is proposing the addition of $7.6 billion in toll lanes along the entire Maryland portion of the Capital Beltway and the length of Interstate 270 by 2025. In response, Virginia now plans to extend both of its existing 495 Express Lanes to the Legion Bridge to provide a continuous trip around the Beltway. The Virginia extension is estimated to cost about $500 million that could be split between the private toll operators and state funding.
Politico » Taking serious action to address the crumbling state of U.S. infrastructure is likely to cost far more than the Trump administration is reportedly willing to spend, says a key Senate Democrat overseeing infrastructure policy. The White House is expected to release an infrastructure plan in the next several weeks. Administration officials have discussed using $200 billion in federal money to draw in state, local and private investment in major public works projects that could boost overall spending to $1 trillion.
Governing » The idea of charging drivers for the miles they drive instead of the gas they burn is not new. But states are still sorting out how it might work. After more than a decade of watching Oregon and a handful of other states test alternatives to traditional gasoline taxes, more states, with the help of federal money, are now joining the quest.
Star Tribune » Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday proposed a $1.5 billion public works bonding bill, a list of some 218 building and construction projects around Minnesota that he says would boost the state’s economy and create nearly 23,000 jobs. About a third of the projects Dayton is proposing are on campuses of the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State systems.