Dan is Governing’s transportation and infrastructure reporter. Dan developed a deep knowledge of government generally, and of states specifically, as a reporter for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and for Stateline. He has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor’s degree in English and German from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

March 25, 2015

To Boost Employment, Town Considers Joining Private Sector

In a bid to give more jobs to residents of Akron, Ohio, Mayor Don Plusquellic wants to create a private entity to help the city build $1.4 billion in sewer improvements.
March 5, 2015

Alabama Suffers Setback in Railroad Tax Case

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with a freight railroad in its efforts to avoid paying sales tax on diesel fuel, but the legal challenge isn't over yet.
March 4, 2015

Some Cities May Soon Make Contractors Hire Local for Transportation Projects

Mayors say the U.S. Department of Transportation pilot program would help boost their local economies.
March 1, 2015

Why Cities Hit the Brakes on Red Light Cameras

The use of the once-popular traffic devices has been in decline since 2013.
February 25, 2015

Why Transportation Agencies Need More Women Engineers

North Carolina is trying to recruit girls for careers in engineering not only to fill anticipated vacancies but also because hiring more women could make the roads safer.
February 11, 2015

How Bruce Rauner Could Weaken Public Unions Nationwide

Illinois' new Republican governor wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the constitutionality of public-sector unions' funding sources.
February 9, 2015

Raising Gas Taxes Gets Bipartisan Boost from Governors

Fueled by low gas prices and deteriorating roads, at least a dozen states -- Democrat and Republican -- are considering increasing gas taxes this year.
February 2, 2015

What Obama's 2016 Budget Means for States and Localities

The president's budget would be a boon in a host of areas but also includes cuts to popular programs.
February 1, 2015

Suburbs Struggle to Aid the Sprawling Poor

Poverty in suburbs now outnumbers poverty in cities, a shift that’s put a major strain on public services and is easily visible in Austin, Texas.
January 28, 2015

Michigan Sends Road Funding Proposal to Voters

After several years, Gov. Rick Snyder has finally convinced lawmakers to spend more money on roads. There's one hitch: The state's voters have to approve the deal in May.
January 22, 2015

U.S. Transportation Chief Urges Mayors to Make Pedestrians a Priority

With pedestrian and cyclist deaths on the rise, Anthony Foxx challenged mayors to make the roads safer for both.
January 15, 2015

7 Ways Self-Driving Cars Could Impact States and Localities

Officials discussed the upcoming challenges earlier this week.
January 6, 2015

What Governors Want from Washington

Governors are busy preparing their agendas for state legislatures, but they have a to-do list for Congress too.
December 22, 2014

Washington, D.C., Looks to Bridge Divide with Bridge Park

A proposal to build a park over the Anacostia River would add a new landmark to the nation's capital and maybe help unite a long-divided city.
December 4, 2014

Utilities Worry Water's Becoming Unaffordable

Water bills have increased faster than any other and show no signs of slowing down, hitting low-income Americans the hardest.
December 1, 2014

Should Judges Be Allowed to Court Campaign Donors?

That’s what the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in a case that could make judicial elections even more like other political races.
November 24, 2014

Is the Federal Parking Benefit Worth $7 Billion a Year?

Transit advocates say the commuter parking benefit increases congestion and disproportionately benefits wealthy workers. But getting rid of it won't be easy.
November 6, 2014

What Midterm Election Results Mean for Transportation

Several victorious governors promised to find more money for transportation, while the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate may slow progress on a federal surface transportation bill.
November 5, 2014

Voters Split on Transportation Funding in Louisiana, Maryland and Wisconsin

Constitutional protections for transportation money passed with overwhelming margins in Maryland and Wisconsin, but a bid to create an infrastructure bank in Louisiana failed again.
November 5, 2014

California Reduces Penalties for Drug Use and Other Nonviolent Crimes

The state that once pioneered get-tough approaches on crime with its “three strikes” law is now headed in the opposite direction.
November 5, 2014

Massachusetts Rolls Back Automatic Gas Tax Hike

One of the biggest criticisms of the gas tax in most places is that it doesn’t keep up with inflation. Massachusetts voters decided they like it that way.
November 5, 2014

Oil-Rich North Dakota Rejects Conservation Funding Measure

Environmental groups spent nearly twice as much money as their opponents to set aside some oil revenue for protecting the land, but the ballot measure lost by a landslide.
November 4, 2014

Traffic-Tied Texans Tap Oil and Gas Taxes for Transportation

Voters approved a constitutional amendment to increase transportation spending.
November 4, 2014

Why Cyclist Groups Lashed Out on the Latest Bike Safety Report

An analysis by the Governors Highway Safety Association that called attention to an increase in cyclist deaths caused an uproar among bike advocates.
November 1, 2014

How Political Donors Are Changing Statehouse News Reporting

A growing share of statehouse reporting in state capitols across the country comes from conservative groups, blurring the lines between journalism and advocacy.
November 1, 2014

Occupy Activist Earns a Seat on the Memphis Transit Board

The Occupy movement may be over, but some of its activists are still gaining influence in local government.
October 28, 2014

Increase in Bike Deaths Prompts Concerns

Most of the fatalities in the past three years happened in a handful of states and were adult men, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
October 27, 2014

3 States Consider Ways to Maximize Existing Transportation Money

Voters in Louisiana, Maryland and Wisconsin will all weigh in on proposals that, supporters say, will make existing transportation resources go further.
October 23, 2014

North Dakota Fights over How to Spend Huge Oil Revenues

Conservation groups want to use oil taxes to protect the state's environment, but schools, businesses and the oil industry have different priorities. Voters will decide in November.
October 20, 2014

Why Texas May Tap Its Rainy Day Fund During Boom Times

The state's economy is attracting 1,500 new residents a day, but growth is costing billions of extra dollars in road and traffic maintenance every year.
October 15, 2014

With Overcrowded Prisons, Californians Could Soften Some Crimes' Penalties

Law enforcement says Proposition 47 is the wrong way to lower the state's prison populations.
October 10, 2014

Will Massachusetts Repeal Automatic Gas Tax Hikes?

After two decades of leaving its gas tax untouched, Massachusetts tied the rate to inflation. In November, voters could join the list of states that repealed the automatic increase.
October 1, 2014

The Long-Term Cost of Building Transportation Projects on the Cheap

Factoring in the lifetime cost of new construction is considered good practice in the transportation industry, but surprisingly few government agencies do it.
October 1, 2014

The Driver Behind Public Transit’s Transformation in Atlanta

Keith Parker took over one of the most beleaguered and least loved transit systems in America -- and almost instantly reversed its course.
September 23, 2014

States Are Actually Driving Transportation Funding Declines

According to a new report, states' spending on transportation has dropped far more than the federal government's in the last decade.
September 22, 2014

Railroad Tax Fight Lands on Supreme Court Docket

Millions of dollars of tax revenue are at stake in a long-running dispute between Alabama and CSX. The decision could affect state tax systems nationwide.
September 9, 2014

Moody's Predicts Huge Potential for Public-Private Partnerships

Public-private partnerships are still relatively new for most U.S. states, but analysts anticipate they will become more common.
September 1, 2014

Facing Climate Change, Cities Embrace Resiliency

Lacking substantial state or federal support, local governments throughout the country are using natural disasters as a way to get their infrastructure, personnel and budgets better prepared for the next.
August 25, 2014

To Prevent Long Power Outages, Communities Look to Microgrids

As severe weather becomes more common, microgrids are gaining popularity as a way to keep the power on at critical facilities during widespread blackouts.
August 18, 2014

Alaska’s Oil and Identity at Stake on Ballot

In a state with an economy and government reliant on diminishing oil revenue, voters will decide whether to repeal a law that's designed to spur oil development but help the at-times corrupt oil industry.
August 11, 2014

Flagstaff Funds Wildfire Prevention with Bonds

The Arizona city is likely the only in the country to pay for wildfire prevention with bond money and is being looked to as a national model for leveraging federal funds.
July 28, 2014

Missouri Tax Hike Splits Transportation Advocates

Missourians will decide Tuesday whether to raise the state's sales tax to boost transportation funding.
July 16, 2014

Obama Wants Localities to Prepare for Climate Change

The Obama administration is taking action to help state and local governments prepare for climate change and natural disasters.
July 16, 2014

Local Governments Divided over New Clean Water Rules

After court rulings muddied up the law, new federal rules seek to clarify which bodies of water have to abide by the Clean Water Act.
July 11, 2014

The New Reality of Statehouse Reporting

While newspapers continue to cut their coverage of state capitols, a new study shows students and nonprofits are picking up some of the slack.
July 10, 2014

A Quiet Revolution in Trash Trucks

Garbage trucks get as little as 3 miles per gallon, making them prime targets in cities’ efforts to trim costs and curb greenhouse gas pollution.
July 1, 2014

Why Would You Have a Highway Run Through a City?

That’s what a growing number of cities are asking themselves -- Syracuse being the latest that may tear down its elevated urban expressway.
June 30, 2014

Star Players in World Cup Watch Parties: City Governments

Cities across the nation have teamed up with professional and minor league soccer teams to host public viewing parties to cheer on the United States.
June 23, 2014

Road Funding Bills Get Cold Shoulders at Statehouses

With elections looming, state lawmakers mostly left transportation funding alone.
June 23, 2014

Atlanta Shows What a Senior-Friendly Neighborhood Looks Like

Regional planners showcased a neighborhood with easy access to transportation, health services and entertainment. But it only lasted two days.
June 17, 2014

Some Cities Are Spurring the End of Sprawl

A new report claims there's an historic shift in suburbs from being car-dependent to walkable places, blurring the lines between "urban" and "suburban."
June 13, 2014

Localities Want More Say in Transportation Spending

Two years ago, Congress cut local leaders' role in deciding how federal money should be spent.
June 4, 2014

Under Scrutiny, States Trim List of Bad Bridges

All but nine states have decreased the number of "structurally deficient" bridges since the fatal Minneapolis bridge collapse in 2007. But experts warn that if Congress doesn't find the money to continue or increase current funding levels, the number of troubled bridges could start climbing again.
June 1, 2014

Should Private Companies Like Facebook Pay for Public Safety?

After the Silicon Valley city that Facebook calls home slashed its police services, Facebook put funding down for a new police officer.
May 29, 2014

How States Make Infrastructure Budgets

A new survey highlights the different approaches states take to manage long-term construction budgets.
May 28, 2014

Report: Keys to Successful Public-Private Partnerships

Flexibility, public engagement and predictability help attract outside money for infrastructure, experts say.
May 6, 2014

Motorcycle Deaths Decline in 2013

Cooler weather contributed to the rare dip, but safety experts say universal helmet laws are the best way to save lives in the long run.
May 2, 2014

Governors Push for Reforming the Revolving Door of Fire-Fighting Funding

As states and localities burn through federal fire-fighting funds faster than predicted, they worry the federal government will once again cut fire prevention programs to make up the difference.
May 1, 2014

Public Sector Takes Sides in Patent-Troll Fight

Transit agencies and public universities have a lot at stake while corporate heavyweights clash over state and congressional efforts to rein in “patent trolls.”
April 29, 2014

Obama Administration Unveils Transportation Spending Plan

With the "Grow America Act," the Obama administration wants to spur Congress to find money for roads, rail and transit before the federal government runs out of transportation money this summer.
April 22, 2014

Transit Agencies Turn to Alternative Fuels

Both environmental and budget concerns are prompting American municipal transportation agencies to turn away from diesel.
April 21, 2014

Facing an Uptick in Earthquakes, Oklahoma Consults California

After a dramatic increase in earthquakes that puts it behind only three other states in seismic activity, the Sooner State is worried about its bridges.
April 14, 2014

Congressional Inaction on Road Funding Hits the States

Concerned that Congress won't find enough money for planned projects by summer, Arkansas and Tennessee have scaled back transportation work. Other states are pondering similar moves.
February 26, 2013

Red-Light Cameras Keep Popping Up Despite Public, Legislative Outcry

This year, lawmakers in 22 states have filed more than 100 bills dealing with traffic cameras.