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Falling Interest Rates and Government Investment

Stephen G. Cecchetti | Posted 02.01.2016 | Business
Stephen G. Cecchetti

To see what's happening to the trend of public funding costs, we try to remove cyclical fluctuations (which also removes the impact of most monetary policy actions) by looking at forward interest rates.

It's Time to Re-Build, Re-Train, and Rejuvenate America

Sean McGarvey | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Sean McGarvey

With business elites and political leaders from both parties decisively believing that the issue of income inequality and the erosion of the American middle class pose considerable threats, then the time is surely right to engage in the pursuit of workable solutions to those problems.

Pivoting and Disruption @ VerdeXChange 2016

Joel Epstein | Posted 02.03.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With two kids in college and one on her way soon enough, I can't afford to go back to school. Besides, I never liked taking exams and sharing my room ...

"It's Obama's Fault," In Rhyme

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

If one believes nay-saying conservatives: It's Obama's fault for Palin's son's PTSD, For hair loss, acne, and the sting of a bee. It's Obama's ...

The Tragedy in Flint Is What Conservatives Mean by Smaller Government

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The tragedy of Flint should never have happened, but at this point, the evidence is undeniable and the suffering is real. Fixing Flint is an urgent priority. Fortunately, (although far too late) the truth has finally sidelined the spin-masters who spent years denying the problem.

Are We Focused on Investing in Essential, Must-Have Items for Business Operating Environments?

Sissel Waage | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
Sissel Waage

If you were told that investment in a key input for business operations has been neglected for over forty years -- and is increasingly in a state of disrepair -- how would you react?

The Citadel Is Breached: Congress Taps the Fed for Infrastructure Funding

Ellen Brown | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Ellen Brown

In a landmark infrastructure bill passed in December, Congress finally penetrated the Fed's "independence" by tapping its reserves and bank dividends for infrastructure funding.

Nation's Infrastructure Problems Horrifying to Nation's Troll People

Brandt Hamilton | Posted 01.15.2016 | Comedy
Brandt Hamilton

With 25% of all bridges in America being declared structurally inefficient last week, the nation's Troll People are concerned that they will soon be put out of a home.

The State of the Nation: A Dictatorship Without Tears

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

While only 1 in 5 Americans claim to trust the government to do what is right, the majority of the people are not quite ready to ditch the American experiment in liberty. Or at least they're not quite ready to ditch the government with which they have been saddled.

Where Economic Distress Meets Political Dysfunction

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.10.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

What the economy needs is a massive program of investment in public infrastructure to provide jobs and domestic growth that is relatively insulated from global trends. Such a program could also accelerate an overdue transition to a greener economy. That would require on the order of about half a trillion in outlays a year, some of it financed by higher taxes on the rich and some of it financed by debt. Try to find a mainstream politician calling for that level of public outlay. Look around you at the appalling state of basic public infrastructure. In New York, the a new subway line is literally taking decades because only a little money is available each year. Our coastal water and sewer systems are sitting ducks for the next surge of sea level rise. Basic roads, bridges, tunnels and electrical systems have deferred maintenance bills stretching into the trillions. Our internet access systems are technically behind those of most of Europe and some in the Third World -- and far more costly to consumers. And don't get me started on Amtrak.

Gas Leaks, the Clean Power Plan & Fracking

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Posted 01.10.2016 | Green
Elizabeth Glass Geltman

As the country moves to reduce our carbon footprint, we need to create incentives to use renewable energy sources, upgrade existing natural gas infrastructure so gas used is safe and avoid increased reliance on fracking.

The Infrastructure Cure for the Economy

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.06.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Altogether, there are close to eight million people counted as unemployed, but only about 5.4 million job openings. With a big, bold investment in infrastructure, we can move the economy to full employment, raise wages and put our economy -- and our day-to-day lives -- on a more firm foundation.

AT&T's Fiber Optic Construction Last Six Years -- $140 Billion, or One Slice of Pizza and "FiberHype"?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.13.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T has just announced yet another round of new plans to deploy fiber optic services in a slew of additional cities, what I now refer to as "FiberHyp...

Congress Goes Into Legislative Overdrive Before Holidays (Video)

GVH Live | Posted 12.07.2015 | College
GVH Live

By Jordan Stephen It has become something of a holiday tradition. Capitol Hill, which has earned a reputation as a beacon of lethargy and obstruct...

Why's America Broadband Speeds Are Beyond Embarrassing

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.07.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

We believe the future of communications in America is going to get worse, not better, unless we take some immediate actions.

A Deeper Look at the Sanders Corporate Tax Reform Plan

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.03.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

It turns out that Sanders does have a detailed corporate tax plan to pay for his infrastructure plan. He introduced the plan as a Senate bill shortly before announcing his run for the Democratic nomination for President. It is called the Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act.

A New Day in Colombia

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.03.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Colombia has paired the economic momentum with institution building. The country's democracy has rapidly matured. Yet, there is no guarantee that this momentum will continue. Any future success would greatly benefit from Colombia successfully implementing a peace agreement with domestic guerillas.

The World Isn't Spending Nearly Enough To Combat Climate Change -- Not Even Close

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 12.03.2015 | Business

Finance is full of big numbers, and for almost every big number, there is another, even bigger number it should be compared to. Climate change i...

How the Clinton and Sanders Infrastructure Plans Measure Up

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.01.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Clinton's infrastructure plan says only that it will be paid for through "business tax reform." It does not detail the nature of the reforms that would pay for this spending. Similarly, Sanders does not yet have a specific individual and corporate tax proposal, but he has proposed a financial transaction tax and says he will close loopholes.

Hillary Clinton Proposes $275 Billion In New Infrastructure Spending

AP | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics

BOSTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton called for hundreds of billions in new federal spending on infrastructure on Sunday, kicking off what her ...

Gas Tax or User Fee?

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

The Norquist anti-tax pledge is the major reason why Congress is falling all over itself trying to find creative ways to pay for modernization of our nation's infrastructure which everyone, Republican and Democrat, agrees is desperately needed.

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

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.06.2015 | 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.

States Searching For Ways To Pay For Construction And Maintenance Of Roads And Bridges

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Down Under Transportation Infrastructure Is a Priority - Why Isn't It in the U.S.?

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

I just returned from three weeks in Australia. As an American, it was sobering - bordering on embarrassing - to see the difference between the U.S. and Australia's highway and transportation infrastructure.

Verizon's Memo to Staff About FiOS: "Trust the Facts." What About the Truth?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Click for Verizon's "Trust the Facts". Verizon created "Trust the Facts", a fact sheet and talking points for the Verizon staff. It appears to be ba...