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Infra Reactions to Trump’s “Skinny Budget”

Monday, March 27th, 2017
America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again

When the Trump administration released the FY2018 budget proposal, called “America First: A Budget Proposal to Make America Great Again,” infrastructure stakeholders around the country responded immediately. Overall, the budget is characterized by an increase in defense spending and a decrease in lots and lots of other programs, especially in infrastructure-related departments like Energy, Environment and Transportation. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will release the final version in May. According to the LA Times Editorial Board, this budget reads like a “wish list of perennial GOP targets” mainly serving to “reveal the White House’s priorities,” rather than indicating actual policy changes.

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Costs, Regulation, and Financing of Massachusetts Water Infrastructure: Implications for Municipal Budgets

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Increase in Precipitation Events

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR Suzanne M. Bump, State Auditor Executive Summary In Massachusetts, water infrastructure of all kinds—drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems—is primarily a local responsibility. The Division of Local Mandates (DLM) within the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) has undertaken this Municipal Impact Study to examine the financial impact […]

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Pushed Out: Housing Displacement in an Unaffordable Region

Monday, March 6th, 2017
Figure 1: Households Spending More Than 30% of Their Income on Housing, 2000-2015

The idea that people can find a comfortable place to put down community roots for the long term is increasingly precarious. The pressure on poorer residents to leave for more distant areas and make way for people who can afford more has seemingly moved from neighborhood to neighborhood with little slowdown, overcoming recessions, natural disasters, and concerted efforts from government and community organizations alike. There is a common thread in the areas experiencing these pressures: They are walkable areas with good access to jobs and public transit. And they also are the areas where the people most vulnerable to displacement are likely to live.

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Making America’s infrastructure great again will take lots of time and money

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

In the months leading up to the presidential election, Donald Trump announced that, if elected, he would incentivize $1 trillion into the nation’s ailing infrastructure. Citizens, taxpayers, public officials and contractors have been waiting to see if that would really happen or not. President Trump recently announced that he had selected private-sector P3 expert David James “DJ” Gribbin to serve as his special assistant for infrastructure. It was a big announcement and one that caused people to ask…will it really happen? Maybe so!

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Transportation for Massachusetts: Keeping on Track

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Transportation for Massachusetts: On the Subway with my Bunny

Keeping on Track now provides one-stop shopping for those interested in updated information about the Commonwealth’s transportation system, completed statutory requirements from two transportation laws, missed deadlines, and improvements made through new transportation system investments.

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White House Chronicle: Infrastructure Revitalization with Steven CF Anderson, Managing Director, InfrastructureUSA

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
White House Chronicle: Infrastructure Revitalization with Steven CF Anderson, Managing Director, InfrastructureUSA

Steven CF Anderson, Managing Director of Infrastructure USA, talks about the impact infrastructure deficiencies have on our economy and daily lives.

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Practicality of Private Sector Funded Infrastructure

Monday, February 6th, 2017
Figure 1: Urban Share of Total Vehicle and Total Lane Miles (1980-2014)

Modernizing America’s infrastructure is a key plank in the next Administration’s economic platform, and transportation infrastructure should be central to this effort. The case can be made that American roadways are inadequate, even as there are more vehicles on the road than ever. The consequence is congested roads and poor road quality. However, President Trump’s plan relies heavily on private sector finance; specifically leveraging less than $200 billion in federal funds for $800 billion in private funds. (Then-candidate Hillary Clinton similarly proposed establishing an infrastructure bank involving the private sector.) Is it feasible to modernize the surface transportation network without greater taxpayer involvement?

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A Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure: Creating Over 15 Million New Jobs

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

The Senate Democrats’ “Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure” would make a historic $1 trillion federal investment to modernize our crumbling infrastructure and create more than 15 million jobs that our economy desperately needs.

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Millions of jobs are in infrastructure repair, but will we create them?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
Construction Worker

Now, our infrastructure needs another upgrade, and an entire sector of workers who haven’t recovered from the recession need jobs. Infrastructure repair can create those jobs. It has happened before, but will it happen again? And when the dust has settled, will America be satisfied with the results?

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Airport modernization – next big wave of infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Tom Bradley Terminal, by Prayitno on Flickr - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Operational inefficiencies, passenger congestion, limited retail, access in and out of terminals and the negative passenger experience found in almost every U.S. airport is the result of outdated design, increasingly high demand, a lack of funding investment and a tendency to reject the concept of collaborating with private-sector experts. That, however, is changing.

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