Florida Watchdog » A decade-long, multi-billion dollar plan to build a toll turnpike and extend two others got a subcommittee’s unanimous approval during the first week of the legislative session, but faces scrutiny from two other Senate panels before it reaches chamber floors. SB 7068 calls for $45 million in fiscal year 2020 and $90 million in fiscal year 2021 and then $135 million annually through 2030 from the STTF, totaling more than $1.3 billion, to finance a state turnpike bond to pay for the bulk of the project.
Transport Topics » The Trump White House has learned to stop worrying and love infrastructure grants, to borrow from Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove. It took a name change and a couple of years for the administration to embrace Obama-era grants designed to assist states with advancing infrastructure projects of regional significance. The fiscal 2020 budget request unveiled March 11 calls for dedicating $1 billion for BUILD grants, formerly known as TIGER grants.