Author: Carlo Salzano

Administration spells out proposed lockage fee

Administration spells out proposed lockage fee Despite strong opposition expressed by the waterways industry and congressional leaders, the administration went ahead last month with proposed legislation spelling out its long-awaited lockage fee. The legislation submitted to the House of Representatives…

Waterways industry readies new funding plan

Waterways industry readies new funding plan The barge and towing industry plans to be ready by the end of the year with a new plan to fund construction and maintenance of locks and dams on the nation’s inland waterway system.…

Obama unveils details of $3.4 trillion budget proposal

Obama unveils details of $3.4 trillion budget proposal Details of President Obama’s $3.4 trillion budget proposals for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 finally made it to Capitol Hill May 7, along with the president’s plan to cut $17 billion…

Waterways trust fund drawn down to zero

Waterways trust fund drawn down to zero The barge and towing industry was cautioned Feb. 24 that this is the first year that the Inland Waterways Trust Fund does not have sufficient funding to meet the federal support. That bad…

Bill would free coastwise shipping of non-bulk cargo from HMT

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has introduced a bill that would exempt coastwise shipping of non-bulk cargo between U.S. ports from the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT).    Specifically, the bill (S. 3199) provides that no HMT would be imposed on non-bulk commercial…

Administration proposes lockage fee, phase-out of fuel tax

President Bush’s proposed $3.1 trillion budget for fiscal year 2009 would resurrect a lockage fee on barges that ply the inland and Intracoastal Waterways. The spending plan would also phase out the 20 cents a gallon tax on diesel fuel…

Maritime administrator says time is running out for Merchant Marine

William G. Schubert, the Department of Transportation's new maritime administrator, doesn't mince words. William G. Schubert, recently appointed head of the U.S. Maritime Administration, wants the sectors of the industry to stop fighting each other and to begin working together…

Inland waterways industry lobbying to protect trust funds

The inland waterways industry and its supporters in Congress have launched a campaign to stop what they consider to be a raid by the Bush Administration on two key trust funds. The administration is eyeing the Inland Waterways Trust Fund…