Bridging the Digital Divide with American Rescue Plan Act Funding

COMMENTARY | One year after ARPA was signed, states, cities and counties are making meaningful progress to expand broadband access.

House Passes Spending Bill, After Ditching Plan to Claw Back State Aid

A proposal that emerged on Wednesday could have involved rescinding around $7 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funding from 30 states. But it was cast aside amid objections from Democratic lawmakers and state officials.

6 Democratic Governors Push For Federal Gas Tax Holiday

They’re backing legislation in Congress that would pause the tax until 2023. Gas prices are expected to climb higher as the U.S. cuts off Russian oil imports.

Key Trends That Will Shape Infrastructure Decisions and Projects

The massive federal funds infusion and the pandemic are ushering in a greater need for cybersecurity precautions and broadband expansion, among other things, a new report details.

Buttigieg to Republicans: States Can Decide How to Use Most Infrastructure Dollars

But for funds where there is discretion, the Transportation Department will push Biden’s climate policies, the secretary said.

Biden Tries to Hit Reset on Domestic Agenda in State of the Union

The president renewed his case for child care and other social programs as a way to cut costs for families facing inflation. But political obstacles remain and Russia's attack on Ukraine presents a growing crisis abroad.

To Republicans, State Surpluses and ‘Liberal Spending’ Illustrate ARPA Was ‘Reckless’

Mayors and county officials, though, tell House lawmakers that the funds provided much-needed pandemic relief for businesses and individuals.

States Likely to Resist CDC Proposal Easing Opioid Access

Forty states limit the number of days a painkiller prescription can last.

White House Moves to Identify 'Disadvantaged' Communities in Line for Federal Funding Boost

The administration wants to steer more money to areas most in need and has released a draft of places that should get more help.

Biden's Municipal Broadband Push Clashes With State Restrictions

The new infrastructure law says states can't exclude municipalities from broadband funds. But many block localities from operating internet networks. Will the Biden administration try to strongarm states into changing their policies?

The Looming Battle Over How to Set ‘Low Cost’ Broadband Prices

States are gaining access to over $42 billion to expand high-speed internet service. But there are sharp disagreements over how to interpret a requirement for affordable pricing.

Why Some States are Running Out Of Rental Aid and Others Have Millions Left Over

Housing advocates say that the method Congress set for divvying up the funds was flawed. Treasury is shifting the money between states. But will it be enough to help struggling renters and landlords?

Biden Administration Outlines Plans for National EV Charging Network

Federal officials detailed how they expect states to spend $5 billion from the new infrastructure law to place electric vehicle chargers along key interstate highways.

McConnell Tells Governors They Can Ignore Biden Highway Priorities

The Senate minority leader and fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito say Biden’s transportation department is pushing an agenda that is not in the new infrastructure law.

Congressional Gridlock is Threatening to Hold up $40B in Infrastructure Funding

States, localities and transit agencies worry an impasse over a year-long spending deal could delay the dollars.

Why Expanding Amtrak Service to More States Could be Tough

A federal watchdog report warns that the railroad should improve its relationship with states where it already operates before adding new service.

Buttigieg Tries to Reassure GOP Governors on Infrastructure Dollars

The transportation secretary said the Biden administration will weigh liberal priorities in awarding funding, but that it will take into account other factors as well.

Infrastructure Update: State DOTs Join In Criticism of Biden Administration Plan for Road Funds

The influential American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials told the federal government it should be “supporting states” rather than creating new processes to manage them.

Feds Step Up Cybersecurity Support for State Governments

Forty-two advisers have been appointed or are in the process, with eight states still needing federal-level coordinators.

How States and Localities Can Use Data to Spend Federal Funds Wisely

COMMENTARY | Applying an evidence-based approach to funding new infrastructure problems can ensure communities get the biggest bang for each federal buck.

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