The Gas Tax vs. Fuel Economy Debate

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 12:55 pm

Eduardo Porter attempted to take the air out of one of the few carbon mitigation programs the Obama Administration has been able to approve, the increase in fuel economy standards. Porter’s perspective is basically that increased gas taxes make more sense than higher fuel economy, and that the latter carries unintended consequences. For the first [...]

In Bipartisan Deal, Congress to Package Student Loan, Transportation, Flood Insurance Bills

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 6:15 am

As we await the Supreme Court ruling on health care, two of the other major stories of the week have reached a conclusion. Congress has reached agreement on a compromise package that will avert three separate deadlines and deliver some of the more robust lawmaking of the entire year to date. The first bill averts [...]

Obama Pushes for Clean Highway Bill Extension

By: Wednesday August 31, 2011 7:30 am

The White House is getting an early jump on the House Republicans’ next potential hostage-taking event, and perhaps learning something in the process. In an event today, flanked by AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka, Chamber of Commerce COO David Chavern and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, President Obama will call for a clean extension of the Highway [...]

The Looming Disaster: Expiration of Federal Highway Authorization Coming at End of September

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 1:03 pm

I don’t think there’s any question that the threat exists of a hostage-taking situation over the transportation funding bill, which expires September 30. Congress won’t even come back in session until the first week of September, leaving them precious little time for an extension. In addition, the new fiscal year begins October 1, so we [...]

CEO of GM: Raise the Gas Tax By $1

By: Thursday June 9, 2011 8:58 am

OPEC announced yesterday they would not increase oil production in the near future. The price of oil remains elevated, at around $100 a barrel, and this means prices will stay high. Goldman Sachs has estimated that gas prices could hit $5 a gallon this summer. The speculation embedded in the system of oil trading is [...]

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