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TRIP: New Mexico Road and Bridges Need Long-Term Upgrade

Roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost New Mexico motorists a total of $2.6 billion statewide annually – as much as $2,114 per driver – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion, improve road, bridge and transit conditions, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth in New Mexico, according to a new report released today by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation research nonprofit.

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Fatal U.S. Mining Accidents Dropped in 2019

There were 24 mining fatalities in the United States in 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported.

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2019 New Home Sales Up 10% Over 2018

Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 0.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 694,000 units in December, coming off a downward revision in November, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The monthly number is 23% higher than the December 2018 pace. An estimated 681,000 new homes were sold in 2019, 10.3% higher than in 2018.

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Infrastructure Bill: How Will We Pay for It?

The House Ways and Means Committee met to discuss how to pay for a proposed $760 billion federal infrastructure bill.

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House Leaders Propose $760 Billion Infrastructure Bill

Congressional Democrats and House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.) are proposing a $760 billion, five-year infrastructure spending bill that aims to rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges, while reducing carbon pollution.

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