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Oklahoma Transportation Commission hears plans for federal funding

Transportation Secretary Tim Gatz updated the Oklahoma Transportation Commission on plans for federal money coming to the state from the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). “Those dollars specifically are directed to bridges both on the highway system and off the highway system that are in poor or fair condition,” Gatz said Monday. “The department right […]

Hawaii still recovering from pandemic-related drop in tourism

Visitor spending in Hawaii has yet to recover to pre-pandemic levels, but it increased significantly from last year, according to a report. Statistics from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) show visitor spending in January was $1.4 billion, 19% less than the $1.73 billion visitors spent in January 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Oklahoma tribes receive $1.3M in transportation grants

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded more than $1.3 million to tribal organizations in Oklahoma for public transportation projects. Tribes go through an application process to receive the grant money, which the FTA makes available to federally recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups or communities, according to information from the agency. The Kaw […]

North Dakota could provide more details about CARES Act spending

North Dakota has a website that shows how money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is spent but the state does not give enough details on the funding’s recipients, according to a new report. The nonprofit Good Jobs First analyzed how states were tracking Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending and providing information […]