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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.

'Green News Report' - March 18, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.18.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Secret federal memo warns entire nationwide electric grid could be knoc...

Our Aging and Dangerous Urban Infrastructure

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Steven Cohen

This is not a problem limited to New York City, but one that is seen throughout the United States. In many cities of the "Rust Belt", the infrastructure crisis has been a fact of life for decades.

Six Ways America Is Like a Third World Country

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators of human development -- key factors like how we educate our children, how we treat our prisoners, how we take care of the sick and more.

Hate Your Commute? Read This Column

Steven Fulop | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Steven Fulop

This is the dilemma for policy makers when it comes to improving our transportation infrastructure -- how to make commuters aware of the need for significant investment to make our transportation system better and safer.

Kate Sheppard

New Government Report Warns of 'Cascading System Failures' Caused By Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- From roads and bridges to power plants and gas pipelines, American infrastructure is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, accord...

Jobs Proposals in the President's Sure-To-Be-Obstructed Budget

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The president's 2015 budget proposal "pivots" away from the 2010 "pivot" to austerity, pushes modestly for jobs and prioritizes infrastructure repair. Republicans will obstruct this -- just like they have obstructed every jobs plan since the stimulus. But the public fully supports what the president is trying to do.

Investment in Infrastructure Will Help Small Businesses Drive Economic Growth

Karen Mills | Posted 04.30.2014 | Small Business
Karen Mills

It's no secret that America's 28 million small businesses were hit hard during the financial crisis with a perfect storm of declining sales and frozen credit markets. Since then, we've turned a corner.

A Tax Cut That 'Pays For' Unemployment Insurance and Infrastructure

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It is bad economic policy. But, all economic policy that could pass a Republican-controlled House of Representatives is bad. All they care about, really, is tax cuts for the wealthy. But those tax cuts do not create jobs or "pay for themselves." Nor do regulations on balance cost jobs.

The New Global Leader, Part VI: Jens Rötzel, Driving Sustainable Growth in Africa

O'Brien Browne | Posted 04.26.2014 | Business
O'Brien Browne

A true entrepreneur, Jens founded his first company at age 18. He is CEO of JRX Ghana, a company which specializes in connecting non-African companies with African firms to create win-win business for all.

REPORT: Safety Problems Overlooked At One Of The Country's Busiest Airports

ABC Eyewitness News | Jim Hoffer | Posted 02.22.2014 | New York

The Port Authority insists they'd never operate runways or taxiways if it were unsafe. But sources working at JFK say the massive electrical system...

President's Budget to Propose Building on Murray-Ryan Agreement

Joel Friedman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Joel Friedman

The administration proposal highlights that the funding levels under current law will deprive the nation of worthy investments in such areas as infrastructure, research, and education, and it urges Congress and the nation to evaluate whether the benefits of higher spending in those areas outweigh the costs of cutting certain programs and raising certain revenues.

Howard's Daily: Finding Infrastructure in the Stimulus Plan

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Modernizing American infrastructure will improve competitiveness, create a "greener" footprint, and has a high "multiplier" on each dollar invested. We know that's what President Obama wanted at the outset. Why didn't it happen?

Fighting Injustice With Love

Laura Barrett | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

On Valentine's Day, job seekers and organizers will deliver candy and flowers to local and state officials, contractors associations and other stakeho...

Bureaucratic Ineptitude

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Our critical infrastructure has not received the attention it needs for decades and as a result today our efforts to rejuvenate economic growth are compromised by clogged highways and railroads, unsafe bridges, inadequate airports and outmoded river locks and harbors.

Leap Forward: Why We Need to Think Bigger on Climate Resilience

Jeremy Hays | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Jeremy Hays

So far, the conversation on climate resilience has been too narrow. It often overlooks some of the key components that have proven to make the difference in how a community survives a heat wave, a flood, a fire, or a hurricane.

Innovation In Financial Services-Oxymoron? Future Tech Lessons Learned From The Asian Financial Forum

April Rudin | Posted 04.09.2014 | Technology
April Rudin

Today, there is extra urgency behind the need for a shift toward innovation: many new financial services competitors that are small, nimble and on the cutting edge of technology entered the market right after the financial crisis, when established firms were busy licking their wounds. The old guard is going to need to stay on top of innovation just to keep up with the new guard.

'Public-Private Partnerships' Sound Great, But Private Investment Requires Public Accountability

Donald Cohen | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As America sought a path out of the shadow of the Great Depression, we quickly realized that austerity was not the answer. Rather than shove our hands in our pockets and mutter something about "the new normal," we opted to dream big.

Howard's Daily: Want Jobs (and a Green Infrastructure)?

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Rebuilding America's infrastructure, as President Obama emphasizes, is a top national priority. The benefits include several million jobs, enhanced competitiveness, and a greener footprint. But it can't happen until America fixes its broken legal approval process. Approvals drag on for years, sometimes decades.

This Sniper Attack Showed Just How Vulnerable The U.S. Power Grid Is

The Wall Street Journal | Rebecca Smith | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

The Wall Street Journal reported that at attack last spring on the Metcalf Transmission Substation outside San Jose, Calif., is raising concerns that ...

Eugene Mulero

U.S. Highways 'A Disaster' In Need Of Gas Tax Increase, Former Obama Official Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Eugene Mulero | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood intensified his criticism of Congress on Tuesday, saying the country's transportation system ...

Putting Prosperity Within Reach

David Foster | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
David Foster

If our collective hope is for prosperity, one of the ways we can get there is by restoring the strength of the systems we rely on to get us back and forth to work, supply our power, keep us safe from floods when storms rage, and make sure we can communicate with each other. To put prosperity within our reach, we need a strong infrastructure to build upon.

Howard's Daily: Let's Build, America

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

No economic fruit is larger, or lower hanging, than rebuilding America's decrepit infrastructure. Several million jobs could be added. American competitiveness would be enhanced. Public and private investors would be repaid handsomely. America's environmental footprint would be greener. All that's needed to get all this is... end legal paralysis.

Tax Dodging by Big Businesses Hurts Our Kids and Is Not Sustainable

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

At a time when more elected officials are turning their attention to income inequality in this country, increasing corporate tax breaks is no way to address it. Workers and their families are struggling to make ends meet. Communities are broken.

The Crumbling State of the Union

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

The bonds that keep us together as a country -- the roads, tunnels, bridges, pipes, sewers -- are degrading at an incredible pace. If we do not act now to maintain and repair our infrastructure, we will face much higher costs in the future.