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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...

Trump Should Be Speaker -- And Still Run For President. Seriously

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
Paul Abrams

Trump as Speaker would also be the greatest campaign move in history. It is not a time-consuming job; all you have to do is make top-line decisions and make deals. The House would no longer be a place for bickering. Everyone would have an incredible time, and put the "grand" back in "Grand Old Party."

Parenting on the Brink

Frida Berrigan | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

I look around and I know. None of this -- the municipal complex, the school across the street, the supermarket up the road -- is built for 100 years, especially not this hundred years. It won't last. And I can't imagine a better future version of this either.

A GOP Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Dave Spencer | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Dave Spencer

National infrastructure legislation would create thousands more jobs than the myth of the so-called Keystone Jobs Bill. Improving infrastructure means we're building things that last and spending money and creating jobs around the country. We're spreading and sharing the wealth.

Helpful Public Policy Would Make It a Great Manufacturing Day

Scott Paul | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

I'm happy to be celebrating manufacturing and Made in America. Heck, I do it every day. But I must admit: I get a bit aggravated by politicians who readily treat factory workers and their hardhats as political props but fail to deliver on public policies.

Missed Connections

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

If you were hoping to receive relationship advice based on today's title, then this blogpost is not for you. Yet, my intention is to discuss an equally important topic, and at last one that has the potential to seriously improve communal relationships.

Pleasures and Pains of Infrastructure

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Robert Whitcomb

An irritated Rhode Island citizenry has blocked a bid by the Pawtucket Red Sox, employing very few people and with a mostly seasonal business, to grab valuable public land and erect, with lots of public money, a stadium in downtown Providence, on Route 195-relocation land.

Congress: Please Fix Your "Water Fix"

Michael Curley | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Michael Curley

So, Congressmen, which would you rather have our Treasury lose $1,062,500 if you don't fix WIFIA, or $490,000, if you do? Here's your WIFIA agenda for 2016: permit funding of the non-WIFIA 51% with tax-exempt municipal bonds; and permit subordination!

'Green News Report' - September 24, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.24.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Pope Francis delivers morality and climate change message at the White...

How Lengthy Environmental Review Harms the Environment

Philip K. Howard | Posted 09.21.2015 | Green
Philip K. Howard

The main barrier to rebuilding America's decrepit infrastructure is not financing, but red tape. Delays of a decade or longer are common. Now, ironically, it turns out that years spent in environmental review dramatically harm the environment.

The Best Anti-Poverty Program Is A Good Job

Algernon Austin | Posted 09.16.2015 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

A true 21st-century infrastructure will create millions of jobs and produce a stronger and more productive American economy. Some may assume that infrastructure investments will only benefit white construction workers, but this view is incorrect.

We Have Just One Planet (Not Four)

Denise Nelson | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Denise Nelson

The United States operates as if we have four planets to work with, and Europe operates as if they have two to three planets. If allowed to continue, this overuse of natural resources and reduction of ecosystem services will have devastating consequences worldwide.

Arctic Tipping Points Can Ripple Around the World

Johan Rockström | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Johan Rockström

But resilience is often misunderstood. It is not only about rolling with the punches and recovering from shocks. A resilient system, be it a city or planet, is where diversity is encouraged, connectivity is managed and new information is absorbed and used.

'Pay as You Go' Solar Power Rewriting the Book

Adrian Ely | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Adrian Ely

Beyond the focus on formal science and technology, innovation relies on education and training in engineering, design and management, and in order to make it relevant, innovators must be linked to -- and embedded within -- the communities that they seek to serve.

100 Great Ideas For the Future of Airports: An Exercise in Civic Engagement

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

If you care about the future of your city, few infrastructures have as much impact as your closest airport. But how can engaged citizens do anything meaningful to improve something so massive?

Post-Sandy Rebuilding For Resiliency: Lessons From Long Beach, NY

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.27.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

I continue to believe that we need to recognize this fact of American life and create a form of federal reconstruction insurance to provide guaranteed funding to rebuild communities after disaster has struck. We cannot leave reconstruction finance in the unsteady hands of the U.S. Congress.

Is Verizon Planning on Becoming an All-Wireless-Only Company: Who Needs the Wires Anyway?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Of course almost everyone reading this has a cell phone. But, you may have been misled if you believe that the wires don't matter or that wireless services alone are the future.

The Private Infrastructure Opportunity

Michael Likosky | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Michael Likosky

Across America, cities and states remain cash strapped. At the same time, they have tremendous needs to modernize infrastructure projects and build new ones in order to grow out of crisis.

'Green News Report' - July 21, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Extreme weather whips major California freeways - from floods to fire, ...

Turning Back the Clock On Railroads

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Edward R. Hamberger

True people who do racist things don't deserve death at the hands of extremist, but that doesn't mean they can't be called out on their racist act

Airline Policies Stink--But It's Not All the Airlines' Fault

Roger Dow | Posted 07.25.2015 | Business
Roger Dow

Air travel has attained its place on the Mount Rushmore of easy targets, along with the DMV, the IRS and mothers-in-law: it's so expected that these things are going to be unpleasant to deal with that we hardly even complain anymore.