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How Some States Are Trying To Fix Their Crumbling Infrastructure

Pew's Stateline | Elaine S. Povich | Posted 07.06.2015 | 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...

Oregon Started a Trend in 1919 with the Nation's First Gas Tax. Will It Do So Again?

Carl Davis | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Carl Davis

As of July 1, up to 5,000 Oregon drivers are allowed to sign up for a program called OReGO that will exempt them from Oregon's gas tax on the condition that they pay a new tax based directly on the number of miles they drive.

Banking On an Affordable New York

Keith Mestrich | Posted 07.01.2015 | New York
Keith Mestrich

The banking community has an opportunity to restore this trust and make good on our social contract with customers, communities, and policymakers. We should start by investing in homeownership, which has always been the foundation of the American Dream.

Regular Order on the Highway

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We all know there is no easy answer to the highway funding question but ignoring it extension by extension is certainly no solution. Road and bridge projects are not going to get any less expensive if they are pushed further into the future, and our roads won't get any safer through benign neglect.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Senate Dems Threaten To Block More Short-Term Highway Fixes | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are threatening to filibuster any short-term extension of the federal fund that pays for the nation’s highways, bridg...

It's Time for a Modern Communications Infrastructure

Kim Glas | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Kim Glas

It's not just our transportation system that's in desperate need of an upgrade. The fact is that from pipes carrying water and natural gas, to our energy grid, to our communications systems, we need action now to repair and modernize systems we rely on every day.

War, Hate, Prejudice... STOP IT!

Barbara Hammond | Posted 06.15.2015 | Women
Barbara Hammond

I am so sick of WAR. The war on women, LGBT, drugs, Christianity, all of it! How about a war on stupid?

Before We Gamble on Trade

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

It makes no sense to gamble on a deal without securing tools that will allow America to remain a world leader. This can happen only when we make the American people a priority and take the necessary steps to enhance our workforce and transportation system, which is the greatest investment we can make in our future.

Verizon Is 'Killing the Copper' and Is Now Denying It

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon's media department should really read their own CEO's statements before they open their mouths in the press. CEO Lowell McAdam and other senior management have said over and over that the company is "shutting off the copper" to force customers onto Verizon's inferior and expensive wireless services. Yet Verizon is denying that they have such a plan.

SUMMARY: Verizon PA's Broadband Scandal -- A Quadruple Bait-and-Switch

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

100% of phone customers paid for networks most will never get.

Verizon Pennsylvania's Commitment to Have 100 Percent Coverage of High-Speed Broadband by 2015? -- A Quadruple Bait-and-Switch

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The deal -- If the State granted higher profits (read rate increases on phone customers) and gave tax breaks, this extra money would be used to pay for constructing these new networks over the next 20+ years.

Greening Our Streets

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

While enabling cars to move around is not unimportant, I applaud those leaders who are also directing our attention -- and the attention of public departments of transportation -- back to people, to streets as not just conveyances but also destinations, places to linger on foot, as places of beauty, as places whose look and feel greatly define what it means to be in a particular community, why one city differs from another.

Daniel Marans

Connecticut Passes Progressive Budget Over Corporate Objections | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

Connecticut passed a two-year, $40 billion budget on Thursday that will raise taxes and increase infrastructure spending despite the objections of maj...

Ryan Grim

Elizabeth Warren Is 'Mad As Hell,' And Wants You To Be Too | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

Elizabeth Warren is "mad as hell," and doesn't think anything will change until enough of the rest of the country is, too, she said in an increasingly...

Old, Old Glory

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

If we are to have a government, it should at least do the bare minimum of what's necessary for a modern, competitive society. Now, in 2015, a high-speed railway system and effective public transit are necessary.

Winning the Competition

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

We must make certain that America remains a leader on the world stage. This will happen when we take the necessary time and money to advance our transportation system, which is an investment in our people and the future of America.

Public Private Partnerships: No Silver Bullets

Michael Curley | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Michael Curley

Public Private Partnerships (P3s) are the new rage inside the capital beltway. They are the new buzzword of officialdom.

A Simple Formula for Peace and Security in Africa

Henri Fouda | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Henri Fouda

In the coming months, several African countries will be holding elections. The flurry of electoral activity marks progress towards democratic rule in a continent where, until recently, military coups were a common practice for the transfer of political power.

Stupid Is as Stupid Does, Mr. Speaker

Erica Payne | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Erica Payne

At his weekly press conference, the GOP's "Crybaby in Chief" lashed out at a reporter for daring to question the role his party's cut-happy orthodoxy played in Tuesday's Amtrak accident.

Fund Infrastructure Now!

Richard Fowler | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Richard Fowler

Let's make the bold decision to transform our transportation system into something that Americans can be proud of. If we do that, the residual impacts will be much more than just safer transit to and from work and play. A real 21st-century American transportation system will stimulate our economy and revitalize our local communities.

Transforming Mobility on Long Island Requires the 'Third Track'

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 05.14.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

That means adding a track to the 9.8-mile segment of the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line from Floral Park to Hicksville. The extra track would eliminate the current bottleneck where so many branches converge. It would increase the frequency of trains and enable effective reverse commuting to take place.

Gabriel Arana

Rachel Maddow: Amtrak Derailment Is Congress' Fault | Gabriel Arana | Posted 05.13.2015 | Media

Rachel Maddow went on a righteous rant about the state of the country's infrastructure on her show Wednesday, assailing government officials for faili...

Gabriel Arana

Rachel Maddow: Amtrak Derailment Is Congress' Fault | Gabriel Arana | Posted 05.13.2015 | Media

Rachel Maddow went on a righteous rant about the state of the country's infrastructure on her show Wednesday, assailing government officials for faili...

Daniel Marans

This Guy Used 5 Seconds Of Video To Calculate How Fast The Amtrak Train Was Going | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

According to multiple reports, investigators believe that Amtrak Regional Train 188 -- the train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, killing ...

We Need Infrastructure Now

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Peter A. Georgescu

Remember shovel-ready infrastructure jobs and how they were going to lift the country out of the economic doldrums? They have not fared well, thanks to partisan politics. The Amtrak crash that took at least six lives last night makes it more obvious than ever that we need them now.