PA Commission Meets To Review Options On Phasing Out Gasoline Tax
The first meeting of the state’s Transportation Revenue Options Commission took place last week….

EMA Highlights Transportation Priorities; Biden Infrastructure Bill Coming Wednesday
This week, EMA sent a letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee outlining energy marketers transportation and infrastructure priorities….

SBA Triples Amount Small Businesses Can Borrow Thru EIDL Disaster Loan Program
Small businesses harmed by the COVID pandemic can soon borrow up to $500,000 through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s emergency lending program….

U.S. Senate Approves Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension
In good news for the country’s small businesses, Congress passed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 – which will extend the time for businesses to apply for, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to grant, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans….

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation To Greatly Expand EV Charger Credit
Friday, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, as well as Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the “Securing America’s Clean Fuels Infrastructure Act” which would greatly expand the electric vehicle tax credit which will otherwise expire at the end of this year….

U.S. Justice Department To Investigate Visa’s Debit Card Practices
This week the Department of Justice notified Visa of plans to open an investigation into Visa’s U.S. debit practices….

FHWA Considers Guidance To Commercialize Rest Stops For Transportation Electrification
The Biden Administration’s broad-based attempts to fully electrify transportation continued Wednesday, when Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Acting Administrator Stephanie Pollack reported the Administration will issue guidance on how states may be able to get around the current prohibition of commercialization of rest stops so that electric charging stations can be installed on the federal right of ways surrounding highways….

California U.S. Senators Call On U.S. To Aggressively Decarbonize Transportation Sector
On Monday, Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) pushed the White House to reinstate California’s authority to set greenhouse gas and zero-emission vehicle standards….

American Petroleum Institute Backs Federal Price On Carbon, Market-Based Climate Solutions
On Thursday, the American Petroleum Institute announced it endorsed a federal price on carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming….

PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: No In-Person School, No State Money; Election Help Plea – Again
In a major policy shift, House Republicans Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) announced Wednesday he would work to require school districts, community colleges, technical schools and universities to return to in-person instruction as a condition of receiving state funding….

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