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Infrastructure Plan Relies On Federal Loan Programs

On March 31, 2021, President Biden released one of his most significant policy initiatives, the American Jobs Plan. The eight-year, over $2 trillion plan proposes large investments in a broadened scope of infrastructure. In addition to upgrades to traditional transportation infrastructure such as highways, bridges, ports, airports and transit systems, the plan details other priorities such as promoting electric vehicles, building a more resilient electric grid, rebuilding water infrastructure and expanding high-speed broadband access.

The plan’s implementation is expected to rely heavily on direct financing from federal loan programs in addition to tax credits and other incentive programs, and direct

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States Eye Federal Cash, Go Slow on Road Taxes

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Raising state taxes to improve roads and bridges is one of the few things many Republican and Democratic lawmakers have agreed on in recent years.

Those efforts have slowed this year, even as lawmakers acknowledge a widening gap between needed work and the money to pay for it. One reason: The federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some states are “waiting to see what direction the federal government is going to be taking,” said Carolyn Kramer, an advocacy director with the American Road &

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Missouri, other states see potential federal windfall, go slow on road taxes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Raising state taxes to improve roads and bridges is one of the few things many Republican and Democratic lawmakers have agreed on in recent years.

Those efforts have slowed this year, even as lawmakers acknowledge a widening gap between needed work and the money to pay for it. One reason: the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some states are “waiting to see what direction the federal government is going to be taking,” said Carolyn Kramer, an advocacy director with the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

State lawmakers across the country have proposed fewer

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States see potential federal windfall, go slow on road taxes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Raising state taxes to improve roads and bridges is one of the few things many Republican and Democratic lawmakers have agreed on in recent years.

Those efforts have slowed this year, even as lawmakers acknowledge a widening gap between needed work and the money to pay for it. One reason: the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some states are “waiting to see what direction the federal government is going to be taking,” said Carolyn Kramer, an advocacy director with the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

State lawmakers across the country have proposed fewer than

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Infrastructure Plan Relies On Federal Loan Programs | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

On March 31, 2021, President Biden released one of his most significant policy initiatives, the American Jobs Plan. The eight-year, over $2 trillion plan proposes large investments in a broadened scope of infrastructure. In addition to upgrades to traditional transportation infrastructure such as highways, bridges, ports, airports and transit systems, the plan details other priorities such as promoting electric vehicles, building a more resilient electric grid, rebuilding water infrastructure and expanding high-speed broadband access.

The plan’s implementation is expected to rely heavily on direct financing from federal loan programs in addition to tax credits and other incentive programs, and direct

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Lobbyists urge updates to federal car safety rules after Tesla crashes

Two major lobbying groups for the U.S. automotive industry are urging updates to federal vehicle safety regulations in the wake of high-profile crashes involving Tesla vehicles.

During a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday, executives with the Alliance for Automotive Innovation and Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association said the U.S. needs better standards and protocols to address automated driving systems like those sold by Tesla under the brand names Autopilot and Full Self-Driving.

Tesla has drawn criticism for its design, testing and marketing of these systems, including failure to prevent drivers from abusing or over-estimating the capabilities of Autopilot and FSD.

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