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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Moving Ahead Down the Highway for Progress (Key Links to transportation updates)

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When I was driving down the country road, I finally got a couple of shots of these caracaras that have been eluding me for 4 weeks. I spotted them several times, but they take off fast! (migrating birds). They hang out with my buzzards by day, but sleep elsewhere at night.
I have a busy lesson for You tonight who choose to have a look. This post includes all Key Links to the Transportation Updates of the new Transportation Act. Guess where one of the biggest traffic snarls is????? Surprise, if You can find it. 
Enjoy Your Magical Mystery Tour

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is a funding and authorization bill to govern United States federal surface transportation spending. It was passed by Congress on June 29, 2012, and President Barack Obama signed it on July 6.[1][2] The vote was 373-52 in the House of Representatives and 74-19 in the United States Senate; only Republicans voted against the bill.
The $105 billion, two-year bill does not significantly alter total funding from the previous authorization, but it does include many significant reforms. TheCongressional Budget Office estimates that enacting MAP-21 will reduce the federal budget deficit over the 2012-2022 period by $16.3 billion.[3]
Several unrelated provisions were attached to the bill: A one-year extension of federal student loan rates through June 30, 2013; a five-year reauthorization of the national flood insurance program through 2017; and a one-year extension to the Secure Rural Schools Act, which compensates rural counties for loss of revenue caused by reduced timber harvest on federal lands
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act
Great Seal of the United States.
Full titleAn Act to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes
Colloquial name(s)MAP-21
Enacted by the112th United States Congress
Public LawPub.L. 112-141
Stat.126 Stat. 405
Title(s) amended23
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House as H.R. 4348 by John Mica(R-FLon April 16, 2012
  • Passed the House on April 18, 2012 (293–127)
  • Passed the Senate on April 24, 2012 (unanimous consent, in lieu of S. 1813 passed March 14, 2012 74–22)
  • Reported by the joint conference committee onJune 28, 2012; agreed to by the House on June 29, 2012 (373–52and by the Senate on June 29, 2012 (74–19)
  • Signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 6, 2012
  • A national freight policy will be developed.

Revenue sources

MAP-21 is funded without increasing transportation user fees. (The federal gas tax was last raised in 1993.)[10] Instead, funds were generated through the following measures:
  • Repeal a requirement that the Department of Transportation reimburse the difference in cost between shipping foreign food aid on a U.S -flag ship and a foreign-flag ship
  • Raise additional revenue by increasing the ability of business with excess assets in their pension funds to use them for retiree health and life insurance benefits, and by defining businesses that make roll-your-own machines available for consumer use as tobacco manufacturers
  • Change the interest rate that pension plans use to measure their liabilities, increase pension premium rates for both variable and flat rate premium paid to the pension benefit guaranty Corporation and establish a cap on the variable rate premium
  • Allow eligible federal employees to enter into a phased retirement, during which they continue to work part-time while drawing a partial salary and a partial civil service annuity



T4 America releases new guide to implementing MAP-21
December 11, 2012

A new easy-to-follow handbook, Making the Most of MAP-21: A Guide to the 2012 Federal Transportation Law — And How to Use it for Positive Change in Your Community, features both narrative chapters and two-page explainers on the key features of the new program, from the consolidated highway program to the new transportation alternatives, as well as new financing options.
Video Lineup from Google You Tube:

The Negative aspects

the History

Surprise Pop Quiz For The Class:

Go to this link and look at waypoint 11
(More on this later)
....this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek.  See You Next Time!
Of Course, one more great performance

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift 'We Are Family' Music Video


Sister Sledge - We Are Family (Live) (1980)