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A Transportation Infrastructure Plan for the 21st Century

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.19.2017 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

For generations, this country's transportation infrastructure served as the backbone of our economic success. We dreamed big, we built bigger, and our economy flourished. But today, our crumbling infrastructure is slowing economic growth.

New Yorkers for Hillary -- Her Experience, Success, Passion, and Compassion, Make Us Proud

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 04.12.2017 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

On April 19th New Yorkers' have the chance to make Hillary Rodham Clinton the nominee of the Democratic Party. All of us New Yorkers, no matter where we live, whose hearts will always belong to New York, know they will do this resoundingly.

The Final Obama Budget: What Did We Learn?

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 02.16.2017 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The spin around the release of the president's fiscal year 2017 budget proposals is that it is a "vision statement" of a progressive president no longer bound by any pretense of legislative viability.

How Should America Fund Its Highways in the 21st Century?

The Conversation US | Posted 02.08.2017 | Green
The Conversation US

Cheap gasoline raises the perennial question over how the U.S. funds its transportation infrastructure -- a key rationale behind Obama's proposed oil tax. And it makes electric vehicles (EVs) and biofuels less competitive on price, hindering U.S. efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption. Can the U.S. continue to fund upkeep of its infrastructure and reduce emissions from transportation?

Highway Funding Made Simple -- You Use It, You Pay For It

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 01.07.2017 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

State governments need to find other sources of funding to keep their highway programs whole. And many are finding tolling to be that solution. Tolling brings us closer once again to the "user pays" principle that helped create America's modern highways.

An End to Austerity -- Part II

Harlan Green | Posted 11.11.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Are we one step closer to a Congress that sees the need to boost spending in order to boost jobs and economic output for years to come, as we asked in our last column? It could mean the U.S. Congress has finally seen the folly of austerity policies that shrink growth, as has happened in Europe. Or, it could be because of a so-called "emergency."

An End To Austerity?

Harlan Green | Posted 11.09.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

The result of such austerity policies has been lost output and overall wealth that several economists say could last for years--and may even be permanent--hurting both jobs and economic output.

Safety Can't Be Compromised as Part of Transportation Funding Bill

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.06.2016 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

There are 61,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S. today and 28 percent of urban roads are in substandard condition. Quite simply, the nation's transportation infrastructure is in crisis. Congress has the ability to change it. But it must put forward a bill that takes both funding and safety seriously.

When Is A Bailout No Longer A Bailout?

Joshua L. Schank, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Joshua L. Schank, Ph.D.

As of now we are stuck with a user-based policy without a user-based program. The program is going towards being partially user funded and partially general funded for the foreseeable future. It is time for Congress to formulate a policy that reflects that reality.

Taxes, Roads and Bridges

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The Highway Trust Fund Bill being considered in Congress has given Senator Grassley an opportunity to let everyone see how tenacious he can be. Surprisingly, his persistence has nothing to do with highways or bridges, although the uninformed might think that was what a bill with such a name was concerned.

Let States Handle Transportation

Bob Williams | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Bob Williams

Constantly raising fees and taxes at the state level to compensate for promised-yet-undelivered federal dollars is no way to efficiently run a government. The current transportation shortfall has been resolved for now, but this problem will continue to be a thorn in states' sides until they either remove the federal government's footprint from their transportation budgets, or significant reform occurs at the federal level.

21st Century Legislating?

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 08.07.2016 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

A number of people have written to inquire how legislation is passed in the Congress. There are, of course, many ways, but two of the most popular are addressed this week.

Long-Term Fix of Federal Highway Trust Fund Needed

Malcolm Dougherty | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Malcolm Dougherty

We commend Congress for extending funding for the Federal Highway Trust Fund. However, once again, it appears they are electing to kick this can down the road by offering only a short-term solution. While short-term solutions keep the fund solvent, they do nothing to solve the real problem.

Congress Passes 34th Short-Term Funding Patch For Highways

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday passed legislation funding the nation's highways, bridges, and roads for another three months -- one day before c...

Senate Passes 3-Year Highway Funding Bill

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed legislation Thursday that would fund the nation's crumbling transportation infrastructure for three years. The bill a...

House Passes 3-Month Highway Funding Patch On Way Out The Door

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House voted 385-34 Wednesday to extend funding for the nation's troubled transportation infrastructure for three months. It's the s...

Senate Will Take Up House 3-Month Highway Funding Bill

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders said Tuesday they would take up legislation the House plans to move this week that would extend funding for the nation's ...

House To Vote On 3-Month Highway Funding Bill Before Leaving Town

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an effort to stave off a lapse in highway funding, House Republican leaders are pushing another bill through the chamber, but this ti...

House Republicans Say 'Not It' To Senate Over Highway Funding

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress will fall off a fiscal cliff in four days if it fails to come to a consensus on how to fund the nation's transportation infrast...

Senate Inches Forward On Highway Bill As Time Runs Out

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate inched forward Friday on a $45 billion, three-year bill to fund the nation's highways, bridges and roads -- one week before a...

Senate Decides Social Security Cuts For 'Fugitives' Are A Bad Idea

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After mounting pressure from Democrats, Senate Republicans removed a controversial Social Security provision from an unrelated bill to f...

Senate Revs Up Debate On Highway Bill, Roadblocks Lie Ahead

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After some initial stalling, the Senate on Wednesday kicked off debate on a multiyear highway bill that would fund the nation's ailing t...

Congress Can't Write A Highway Bill Without Punching Poor People In The Face

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate may have just unveiled a multiyear highway bill 10 days before construction on the nation’s transportation infrastructure i...

McConnell's Multiyear Highway Deal Stalls Right Out Of The Gate

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a little over one week left before funding for the nation's transportation infrastructure dries up, the Senate has reached a deal o...

Senate Eyes Social Security 'Fugitives' To Pay For Highways

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With 11 days left before federal funding runs out for the nation’s highways, bridges and roads, lawmakers are rushing to find a way to...