Thursday, November 29, 2012

Six Transportation Policy Questions For 2013

Let's pull out the crystal ball, or Magic 8 Ball if you have one, and look into the faraway future of transportation- let's say the year 2013. Okay, that's only about a month away but when you sometimes can't remember the day before, it seems like an eternity.

And with a new Federal transportation bill, MAP-21, and new leaders following the election, the new year could be a whole new world for transportation. Or not. That's the problem, there are still a lot of questions about where we're headed.

So as 2012 comes to a close, Governing's FedWatch explores six questions worth asking including:
  • Is the gas tax still untouchable?
  • What does new committee leadership mean?
  • Is Ray LaHood in or out? (this is my favorite. Been waiting a while to hear about this)
  • Can states continue to pick up the slack?
  • Could tax reform be troublesome for infrastructure financing?
  • Does the White House take a lead on infrastructure?
What? You thought I was going to actually answer those questions here? Sorry but Iyou're going to have to read the article yourself to get the answers.

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