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National Infrastructure

Liquidity Glut, Infrastructure Finance Drought and Development Banks

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The world economy faces huge infrastructure financing needs that are not being matched on the supply side. Emerging market economies, in particular, have had to deal with international long-term private debt financing options that are less supportive of infrastructure finance.

The Best Ideas Come From Fixin' Things

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

In our problem-plagued world, nothing stands out more than problem solving. Global warming, pollution, severe income disparity, structurally high un...

How A Fairer Tax Code Can Improve America's Infrastructure

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

The Stop Corporate Expatriation and Invest in America's Infrastructure Act will put an end to tax-avoiding corporate expatriations and devote the resulting revenue to the Highway Trust Fund, which will address the immediate funding crisis facing America's highway and transit systems this summer.

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.

Why Are American Workers Being Left Behind?

Michele Masterfano | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business
Michele Masterfano

If our companies cannot find skilled employees, why don't they hire for aptitude and provide the specific training for the skills and abilities they need?

Reconstructing the American Dream

Christopher H. Lee | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics
Christopher H. Lee

We need inspired leadership, focused on the single greatest and least partisan issue facing us today: revitalizing our economy and creating the millions of jobs we need to make America great once again.

The Fuel Tax, Toll Roads, And Washington's Protracted Silly Season

John B. Townsend II | Posted 11.27.2011 | DC
John B. Townsend II

Like Charon the Ferryman who took the souls of the dead across the River Styx in the underworld, Virginia and Maryland are turning to tolls to build and maintain roads. How did it come to this?

Why This Is Exactly the Time to Rebuild America's Infrastructure

Robert Reich | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Anyone with half a brain will see this is the ideal time to borrow money from the rest of the world to put Americans to work rebuilding the nation's infrastructure. Problem is, too many in Washington have less than half a brain.

Reinvigorating Transportation in the Third Industrial Revolution

J. Byron McCormick | Posted 11.26.2011 | Business
J. Byron McCormick

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are coming, and they will be in the market on or by 2015. This is a crucial element of the Third Industrial Revolution.

Infrastructure in the Real World

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

One critique you're beginning to hear about the infrastructure ideas in the president's jobs proposal is that the Recovery Act's infrastructure programs were some kind of bust, of never got started, or whatever. Demonstrably untrue.

Budgetary Deceit and America's Decline

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 09.22.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

I am shocked by the U.S. budget negotiations between Congress and President Obama. Every part of the budget debate in the U.S. is built on a tissue of willful deceit.

Our Crumbling Infrastructure: This Time, It's Personal

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

To ignore needed public investments based on anti-spending ideology is to create an infrastructure deficit much more worrisome and damaging to the long-term economic well-being of this nation than the federal budget deficit.

Thousands Of Nation's Dams Reportedly 'Susceptible To Failure'

The New York Times | HENRY FOUNTAIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. — Frank Brassell, owner of Nelda’s Diner in this town wedged between the slopes of the southern Sierra Nevada, knows his fat...

A Sputnik Moment for Smart Growth

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Anderson

In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out strategies for better education, better energy production, better transportation and better job creation. All of these strategies are key to a stronger American economy.

America's "Can't Do" Attitude

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Seth Shostak

Today's youth are building new things. Look at Facebook or Google. But maybe that's a problem: too many of them are.

'Suburban Nation'

Jeff Speck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Speck

But now, a preference has become a mandate, as sprawl has quietly been identified as a central cause behind a growing list of mounting national crises including foreign oil dependency, climate change, and the obesity epidemic.

Helping Cities Build Better Transit Networks

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

MAYOR TELLS SENATE EPW COMMITTEE: PROPOSED INNOVATIVE FINANCE TOOLS WILL HELP MANY US CITIES BUILD TRANSIT NETWORKS USDOT & Senate see finance tools ...

There is Still No Way to Fund Sustainable Infrastructure in America

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steven Cohen

As long as federal infrastructure funding is dependent on the political circus that now dominates Washington, we will never see the 21st-century equivalent of the interstate highway system.

$50B Infrastructure Plan: Make it Open Source and Transparent

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cameron Sinclair

Obama noted this plan "will change the way Washington spends your tax dollars." Given it's our tax dollars, I want to make a request. Let's have an online system through which the government can articulate success to the broader population.

Baucus Proposes Cutting Broadband Build Out to Fund Tax Credits: Cut Programs That Create Jobs to Fund What Doesn't?

Harold Feld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harold Feld

Politicians, news reporters, and now voters have become obsessed with deficit reduction. Unfortunately, this "deficit cutting fever" now threatens the money previously allocated for the broadband stimulus programs.

The Moment for Public-Private Partnerships Is Now

Gov. David A. Paterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gov. David A. Paterson

If we are to finance and build a world-class infrastructure for America, we must seek new solutions. And a promising solution is at hand: public-private partnerships.

Peaceful Revolution: Investing in Our Human Infrastructure

Riane Eisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Riane Eisler

The Real Wealth of our Nation is Its People Over half a million people lost their jobs last month. There's no question we need a job-creation plan. T...

The Traffic of Pay-to-Play Politics

Monica Youn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Monica Youn

The Bush Administration's DOT succeeded in knocking a sizeable hole in Illinois' ban on pay-to-play deals that the state Senate had attempted to pass in the wake of the Blagojevich scandal.

House Stimulus Bill Gives Illinois $1.8 Billion For Infrastructure

Progress Illinois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

According to a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee report released today, the current version of their stimulus plan includes $1.8 billi...

Create Jobs Now, but Build Skills for the Future

Julian L. Alssid and Davis Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Julian L. Alssid and Davis Jenkins

Unless the stimulus can be leveraged to revitalize our education and workforce systems, the downturn will likely accelerate the recent trend in which the only good jobs go to those who have training beyond high school.