Congress Passes Highway Bill Patch
In a mad rush to start their August recess, Congress has passed the original House version of the Highway Trust fund patch that would prevent serious distruption of State highway construction projects.
The patch provides $10.8 billion to the highway trust fund through next May using some accounting "slight of hand" involving "pension smoothing".
The stop-gap measure is expected to get the President's signature. It will protect over 660,000 construction jobs and over 6,000 state highway construction projects.
“The highway bill is good news-bad news,” said Senator Angus King, independent of Maine. “The good news is, we did something. The bad news is, it was the 11th punt in the last six years and showed an inability to face a real problem and deal with it.”
The Senate had earlier tried to force creation of a real highway biil by December 2014 during the lame-duck session of Congress after the November elections. Only then, they argued, might Congress find the fortitude to raise the gasoline tax.
Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Democrat of Oregon, said the whole episode was “shameful.”
75th CMCA Conference at the Broadmoor
Registration Now Open
The Colorado Motor Carriers Association is planning its diamond jubliee convention this year at the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs.
Set for November 6-8, 2014, this year's meeting will be brimming with events and National speakers to mark the diamond anniversary of the organization. As is our ongoing policy, we will be announcing speakers over the next couple of months.
This year's Conference golf tournament will be at the renowned "Kissing Camels" golf course at the Garden of the Gods Club on November 6th. This private 27-hole golf course with its lush mountain landscape and bunkered greens has been the site of many famous matches and tournaments through the years. Playing at Kissing Camels is an experience you won't want to miss.
Online Registration is now open for both the conference and hotel rooms at the Broadmoor. Visit the CMCA convention page on this website for the login links and get ready for the biggest event of the CMCA year. Don't delay, this year's gala conference promises to be a sell-out. Conference registration and hotel reservations must be made separately.
All details are explained on the convention page and registration is very easy. Payment can be by credit card or check.
Plan for Tax Equalization for LNG Dies with Final Highway Trust Funding Bill
It takes 1.7 gallons of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) to equal the energy of one gallon of diesel. However, LNG is taxed based on gallons, despite Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) being taxed on a gasoline gallon energy equivalent basis since 1994.
Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet had inserted the proposed LNG tax equalization change into the Senate Highway Bill but the House version ultimately won.
LNG proponents want the fuel taxed on energy content rather than on a per gallon basis.
Idaho Increasing Speed Limits on Some Rural Interstates
The idaho Transportation Board has approved a plan to jump the speed limits on selected rural sections of Interstates in Southern and Eastern Idaho.
The maximum speed for trucks will increase to 70 mph starting in early August. Urban areas will not see speed increases but some sections of I-90 might see a speed jump after further review.