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States Take the Lead on Transportation Fund Reform

Although some members of Congress are pressing for an increase in the federal gas tax, responsibility for funding transportation projects is increasingly shifting from the federal government to the states. With gasoline prices nearing a five-year low, a chorus of voices, including several influential Republican Senators—John Thune (R-SD), Bob Corker (R-TN) Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT)—seem to think this the perfect time to raise the federal gas tax. President Barack...

New Orleans Okays Sweeping Smoking Ban

In late January, the New Orleans City Council approved a sweeping ban on smoking in the city, outlawing all cigarette and e-cigarette use in all privately owned bars and clubs, public recreational areas, sports arenas, and movie theaters. The ban also extends to any business establishment within the city, as well as outdoor areas like those found in some apartment building complexes, or “outdoor service lines” like those found at a bank. Smoking while waiting in one’s vehicle at drive-through...

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