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Jobs for Blue Collar Men

Paul A. London | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Paul A. London

A strong reason to do infrastructure now is that interest rates are very low so financing is cheap and trillions of private money is on the sidelines that could be borrowed inexpensively to finance infrastructure expansion.

Fix the Gas Tax Before Exploring Per-Mile Taxes

Carl Davis | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Carl Davis

Some lawmakers are beginning to wonder whether we need a complete overhaul of the way we pay for our transportation system. We don't. At least not yet.

Solutions to the Global Water Crisis: 10 Takeaways From The World Water Forum

Joan Michelson | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Joan Michelson

About 130 of the best and brightest minds across sectors came together at the 7th World Water Forum on May 15, 2014 on Washington, D.C. to share solutions and build partnerships,

Reigniting America's Infrastructure Longpath

Ari Wallach | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ari Wallach

There is no question that the pressing current problems of today deserve our attention and many of America's best minds are working tirelessly to solve them. But, in the confines of short-term thinking, we cannot adequately solve, or even imagine, the problems of tomorrow.

5 Crucial Facts About the So-Called 'Transportation Cliff'

Randal O'Toole | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Randal O'Toole

Pundits are fretting over the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, which some call the "transportation cliff." The real battle is not over the cliff but how Congress spends the renewed gas tax. Here are five facts to help people understand this debate.

Obama Calls On Congress To Back Spending On Crumbling Infrastructure

AP | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Rousing Democrats for their fight to keep the Senate, President Barack Obama mounted a searing critique of the Republican Party on W...

Let NJ Transit's Trains Use PATH Tunnels to NYC

Mark W. Schleisner | Posted 07.14.2014 | New York
Mark W. Schleisner

Ever since NJ Governor Christie cancelled funding for the Trans-Hudson ARC railroad tunnel to NY Penn Station, mass transit pundits seem to be at a lo...

Why States Should Have the Right to Choose Tolls to Rebuild Their Interstate Highways

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

For 58 years, the federal gas tax has been the main source of revenue to build and maintain the Interstate system. But with time, inflation and changing technology, the gas tax isn't what it used to be.

A New Way To Celebrate This Earth Day

David Foster | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
David Foster

Despite the growing concern of Americans from all walks of life about the strength and safety of infrastructure in the face of more extreme weather, Congress has failed to take meaningful action even when it could create jobs and improve public safety.

Peace Is More Than the Absence of War

Diana Jenkins | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Diana Jenkins

I lived a childhood of peace. I experienced war as a teenager. And as an adult, I see how the aftermath of violent conflict transforms communities. Unfortunately, the death and suffering of war does not end when the last bullet whizzes by.

Sebelius's Resignation Should Spark Reform

Amir Salehzadeh | Posted 06.15.2014 | College
Amir Salehzadeh

The Obama administration should not sweep the institutional failures that plagued the health care website under the carpet through a mere resignation.

Now Is the Time to Rebuild Our National Infrastructure

Lawrence H. Summers | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Lawrence H. Summers

The single most important step the US government can take to reverse discouraging economic trends is to mount a concerted, large-scale program directed at renewing our national infrastructure.

Who Will Pay for the Zero Marginal Cost Society?

Brett Frischmann | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business
Brett Frischmann

I strongly support the notion of building systems and developing public policies that enable and take advantage of zero marginal costs, for example in the context of various infrastructure and knowledge commons. But what about the fixed costs?

Even the Rich Should Reject the Ryan Budget

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

As the House votes on a budget plan this week, the choice is not between serving the rich or the poor. It's a choice between investing in broad-based prosperity and continuing a failed experiment of austerity.

Taxation Without Representation 2014

Courtney McKinney | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

I know it does not bode well that at 24 I am this jaded about the political process. I have had enough of politicians not listening to me and the rest of us while they continue to act as they please.

Tell Your Member of Congress to Vote for the 'Better Off Budget'

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Rep. Paul Ryan's Republican corporate/conservative budget favors the interests of the wealthiest few Americans and their giant multinational corporations at the expense of American-based manufacturers and other companies, America's middle-class working people and the poor.

Time for Apple to Take a Bite Out of the Broadband Problem

Elie Jacobs | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Elie Jacobs

There are many things to do with $159 billion, this is just one idea. An idea that helps the company and country.

How Obsolete Laws Block Infrastructure

Philip K. Howard | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

American government needs a spring cleaning. Not just to fix infrastructure, but to fix every program. Not to "de-regulate," but to make regulation practical, effective and in line with current priorities.

Destined to Be an Entrepreneur

Nova Lorraine | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
Nova Lorraine

His ability to see patterns in technology and media that are not readily apparent to most is astonishing. Join me in getting to know one of today's most forward thinking business leaders.

America's Water Infrastructure Challenge: Moving from Proposals to Solutions

Michael Deane | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Michael Deane

In downtown Bethesda - one of Washington, D.C.'s busiest suburbs - an 89-year-old water main bursts, closing a major commuter thoroughfare through rus...

'Green News Report' - March 25, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Deadly -- and predicted -- landslide disaster in Washington State; Meet...

Congress Needs Your Voice to Build on Our Budget Deal

Sen. Patty Murray | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Sen. Patty Murray

While we absolutely need to continue to tackle our long-term budget deficit and debt challenges fairly and responsibly, we now have some breathing room to also focus on the other deficits facing our country.

The Middle Class Is Totally Hosed

Arthur Fox | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Arthur Fox

What most of us fail to recognize is that the gulf between the very rich and the rest of us will almost certainly continue to get worse, a lot worse! Most importantly, it may be too late to do much about it.

'Green News Report' - March 20, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.20.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Greenland is melting, and sea levels are rising; It's official - Winter...

The Evidence Is in: Taxpayers Need Protections

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As cities and states look for creative ways to solve budget shortfalls, predatory private companies always seem to pop up claiming to have the perfect answer.