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Mayors Group Wants More Infrastructure Investment

AP | PATRICK WALTERS | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- The economies of the nation's cities are starting to bounce back from the recession and grow again, but the state and federal governme...

Why Rattner's Wrong on China

Jeremy Haft | Posted 07.16.2012 | World
Jeremy Haft

In an emotional NYT op-ed last week, Steven Rattner defends the strength of China's economy. But he's wrong.

John Celock

After Economic Boom, What Will Be North Dakota's Next Move? | John Celock | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

The federal government's rural development agency released a report Wednesday outlining a series of recommendations for North Dakota in the wake of th...

Put Hardhats to Work With New Infrastructure Spending

David Callahan | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business
David Callahan

With interest rates at a historic low, and a huge supply of surplus skilled labor, it's hard to imagine a better time than now for the U.S. to borrow a lot of money to strengthen its infrastructure.

The Wrath Of Grapes: Oklahoma City MAPS Its Future

Mick Cornett | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Mick Cornett

While we see the national economic numbers like everyone else and understand the challenges facing many American cities, these are good days in Oklahoma City. We found a concept that works here: investing in ourselves.

Why Do Transportation Sales Tax Measures Succeed?

Erik Johnson | Posted 08.11.2012 | College
Erik Johnson

Local roads are falling apart, transit riders have been left behind, and the money to fix it all is disappearing just as quickly.

Jobs: It Is (Long Past) Time for Government to Act

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.01.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

Combine a too-optimistic administration with a Republican Party that is sabotaging the economy as a campaign strategy and what do you get? You get today's terrible jobs report.

A New "American System"

Fred Bauer | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Fred Bauer

The "American System" has the following insight: The American economy cannot flourish over the long term with merely the financial and resource extraction sectors. American prosperity was built upon the nurturing of human capital.

New World Bank President Needs to Make Infrastructure Work for the Poor

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.21.2012 | World
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank should shift its ample resources -- its lending, guarantees, technical assistance and policy advice -- from the top-down projects of the past to the bottom-up solutions of the future.

Matt Sledge

Democrat Says Falling Gas Prices Demolish GOP Argument Against Obama | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell said Tuesday that the current drop in gas prices could significantly dampen one of the GOP's major economic ta...

Healthy Roads, Healthy Schools: A Look Into the Effects of Transportation Infrastructure

Christopher Cordingley | Posted 07.09.2012 | College
Christopher Cordingley

This study examines the correlation between development of public transportation, increased access to health care, decreased absenteeism, increased secondary graduation rates, and increased workforce health and productivity.

Transportation and Infrastructure = Immediate Jobs = Deficit Reduction

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

Republicans have doubled down on blocking public investment, calling it "just more government spending" and even "socialism." And, they complain, construction projects help union members.

How to Fund the Massive Infrastructure Investments That We Need Now

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

After decades of neglect, our infrastructure is crumbling as maintenance and replacement schedules get pushed back. Much of our aging infrastructure is beyond its useful life or at full capacity. We need to invest in repairing and renewing our crumbling infrastructure before disaster strikes.

Chinese Corruption Party Undermines China's Stability

Cleo Paskal | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Cleo Paskal

Corruption is literally built into the foundations of modern China. The construction and infrastructure sectors are two of the most corrupt in country, putting at risk China's vaunted development, and also potentially endangering its neighbors.

Matt Sledge

Chicago Infrastructure Trust Passes But Unanswered Question Remains: Who Benefits? | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.24.2012 | Chicago

Before a proposal to create a Chicago Infrastructure Trust passed Tuesday, debate hinged on one question that critics say is still unanswered: whether...

Trust the Trust?

Joe Moreno | Posted 06.23.2012 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

Today, I'll vote yes for the Infrastructure Trust Ordinance because I'm confident that it will prove to be an essential positive for our city. Putting my head in the sand, while our great city crumbles around us is not something I'm willing to do.

How to Pay for Infrastructure

Jonathan Tisch | Posted 06.17.2012 | Business
Jonathan Tisch

Across America, innovative public-private efforts are showing our nation's leaders not only how to upgrade aging infrastructure, but, more importantly, how to pay for it.

New PBS Show Examines Nation's Travel System

Yul Kwon | Posted 06.17.2012 | Travel
Yul Kwon

As the host of the PBS series America Revealed, which focuses next Wednesday night on our nation's travel infrastructure and how it works, I've had the opportunity to get an up-close look at our roads, rails, buses, air travel systems -- even ferries.

Let's Use Taxes to Put America to Work

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 06.17.2012 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Instead of giving the wealthiest Americans a free ride, why shouldn't we ask them to pay their fair share? That's the only way we are going to bring fairness to our tax system and make our nation stronger, healthier and more competitive.

Why You Might Feel Like Your Bus Is Breaking Down All The Time

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 06.16.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Driven by high gas prices and an uncertain economy, Americans are turning to trains and buses to get around in greater numbers than...

In the Public Interest : Led by Youth Americans Are Driving Less, But When Will Lawmakers Notice?

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

More than older generations, they say that they will sometimes choose to take alternative transportation as a way to help the environment. Will our leaders notice this important trend? You wouldn't know it looking at Congress.

Consider Yourself Briefed (On the Trust)

Tom Tresser | Posted 06.09.2012 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

I will state my bias plainly for all Huffington Post readers. I don't trust The Trust. It's not privatization. It's worse: it's corporatization

Romney-Ryan's Why Nations Fail Economy vs. Obama's Built to Last Economy

Paul Abrams | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

One cannot read Why Nations Fail during this campaign season without recognizing on every page the authors' criteria for successful nations fulfilled by President Obama's built-to-last economic policies and the failing nations' policies being consciously pursued by Romney-Ryan.

Republican Budget Represents a Bleak Future for America

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

All of us want to put America back on a sustainable fiscal path, but to do so everyone must be asked to pitch in. The Republican budget, however, places the entire burden of deficit reduction on the middle class, seniors, and the most vulnerable.

Dave Jamieson

Dem Calls For Higher Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days For All | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Thursday included a litany of measures aimed at boosting income for low-wage worke...