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Archive for the ‘Funding’ Category

Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
 Losses to the National Economy Due to Infrastructure Investment Gaps

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE)
From 2016 to 2025, each household will lose $3,400 each year in disposable income due to infrastructure deficiencies; and if not addressed, the loss will grow to an average of $5,100 annually from 2026 to 2040, resulting in cumulative losses up to almost $34,000 per household from 2016 to 2025 and almost $111,000 from 2016 to 2040 (all dollars in 2015 value).

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National Parks and Infrastructure: Should Park Funding be a Private Affair?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
National Park Service - Find Your Park

To keep parks open, we have to find a sustainable funding source for maintenance and operations. If Congress can’t approve more appropriations for the parks, the NPS will be forced to make systemic changes. The slope is already sliding toward private investment, but it’s up to the American people (and policymakers) to decide what will ultimately happen.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senior Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) is one of four Congressional Co-chairs who will participate in Infrastructure Week’s Advocacy Day on May 18th, including an open press briefing to raise awareness about the critical infrastructure needs in this country.

“The only way you can serve, I think, in Congress is to be an optimist, because there are days here that you could get discouraged. But we recognize that we have the strongest country in the world. We have the strongest country for many reasons. It’s the innovation of Americans; it’s our commitment towards each other; it’s for good governance; it’s the strength of America’s presence globally, but we know that we need to first take care of our concerns at home and that means let’s make sure that Americans have every opportunity that this great country offers.”

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Wisconsin Transportation by the Numbers

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
Cost to Wisconsin Motorists of Deficient Roads

TRIP
TRIP estimates that Wisconsin roadways that lack some desirable safety features, have inadequate capacity to meet travel demands or have deteriorated pavement conditions cost the state’s residents approximately $6 billion annually in the form of additional vehicle operating costs (including accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, and increased fuel consumption and tire wear), the cost of lost time and wasted fuel due to traffic congestion, and the financial cost of traffic crashes.

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Lionel of LionelMedia: Infrastructure Investment is “Chump Change”

Friday, April 29th, 2016
Lionel of LionelMedia: Infrastructure Investment is “Chump Change”

There’s little debate that massive infrastructure improvements are needed in this country. But there is also little local or national pressure for it. To give his take, RT America’s Anya Parampil is joined by legal and media analyst Lionel of LionelMedia.

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PBS Newshour: Should the private sector help rebuild American infrastructure?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
PBS Newshour: Should the private sector help rebuild American infrastructure?

As the U.S. grapples with a growing list of transportation infrastructure needs and limited public funds, more states are looking to public-private partnerships as a means of fixing and replacing aging bridges, tunnels and roads. But is there a downside for taxpayers? NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker reports.

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Issuance of New Money Bonds Remains Low in Large U.S. Cities

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Figure 1 New Money Issuances Hit a 24-Year Low in 2014

THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
Cities in the United States play a substantial role in funding critical infrastructure with investments in capital projects such as roads, bridges, schools, and libraries. For example, all local governments accounted for 35 percent of total highway and transit spending from 2008 through 2012. To pay for these projects, cities often sell bonds on the municipal market.

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The State of Our Schools

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
The Nation Underinvests in Public School Facilities

21ST CENTURY SCHOOL FUND
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON SCHOOL FACILITIES
THE CENTER FOR GREEN SCHOOLS
School facilities represent the second largest sector of public infrastructure spending, after highways, and yet we have no comprehensive national data source on K–12 public school infrastructure. Even at the state level, school facilities information is often scant. The dearth of official data and standards for our nation’s public school infrastructure has left communities and states working largely on their own to plan for and provide high-quality facilities…These realities inspired our three organizations to assemble the best available state-by-state data and propose a standards-based framework by which we can benchmark the nation’s investment.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Navigating the P3 Landscape

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Portsmoth, VA

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)
The U.S. has no shortage of high-profile P3 projects, particularly in Texas, Florida and California. One of the first major uses of the P3 model in the U.S. dates back to 1999, when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey faced a limited debt capacity to finance necessary improvements to New York’s JFK International Airport. It ultimately turned to a consortium of private developers, operators and financiers to renovate the international terminal. In addition, a private company has a 28-year lease with the Port Authority to operate the terminal.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dennis Slater, President and Secretary, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Dennis Slater, President and Secretary, AEM

Dennis Slater is President and Secretary of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). He oversees operation of all Association programs, which focus on core service areas of market information and equipment statistics, public policy representation, product safety and technical support, and trade shows.

“…Equipment manufacturers build the machines that make America. They build the machines that harvest crops and feed America and feed the world. Originally this was something that we just explained to our members, and we decided it’s not good enough. You have to also ask your members, you have to explain to their employees so they get involved in this and understand that their jobs depend on policies that support their jobs…This year, especially, we’ve gone out there now to the candidates that are running to say “what’s your manufacturing platform? What are your solutions for infrastructure?”’

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