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Archive for the ‘Innovation Newsbriefs’ Category

Are We Ignoring the Obvious Solution to the Transportation Funding Crisis?

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 24, No. 10

The July 23 hearing on the Highway Trust Fund made it painfully clear that neither the government witnesses —U.S. DOT’s Undersecretary for Policy Polly Trottenberg and CBO official Kim Cawley — nor any of the participating members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, had any clue as to how to pay for the hundreds of billions of dollars that transportation boosters say are needed to fund the next reauthorization.

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Can-Do States

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 24, No. 9 Recently, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) called for a $5.5 billion emergency federal program “to fix the nation’s backlog of deficient and structurally obsolete bridges”  (H.R. 2428).  He was responding to the well- publicized collapse of the  I-5 bridge  in Washington State . “It’s an emergency out there,” Rahall proclaimed at […]

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Eight Questions for Transportation Secretary Nominee Anthony Foxx

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 24, No. 8 On Wednesday, May 22, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Mayor Anthony Foxx, President Obama’s designated choice for the next United States Secretary of Transportation. Confronting Sec. Foxx during his tenure  will be the challenge of steering the federal transportation program through another reauthorization,  while facing […]

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A Credible Funding Solution for Transportation

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 6
As we have argued in recent columns, no one disputes President Obama’s and the infrastructure advocates’ claim that some of America’s transportation facilities, are reaching the limit of their useful life and need reconstruction. Nor does any one disagree about the need to expand infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population.

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States Seek to Become More Self-Reliant

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 5
During his March 29 visit to the privately built and financed PortMiami tunnel project, President Obama unveiled a new infrastructure plan. His latest proposal—costing $21 billion— includes a renewed call for a National Infrastructure Bank capitalized at $10 billion, a $7 billion “America Fast Forward Bonds” program modeled after the former Build America Bonds; and a sum of $4 billion in direct loans and loan guarantees. The White House announcement did not make it clear whether this latest infrastructure initiative…

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Wanted: A Reasoned Approach to Dealing with America’s Infrastructure Needs

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 4
It seems like not a week goes by without fresh warnings about the nation’s “crumbling infrastructure” and renewed appeals to rebuild our aging highways and bridges. President Obama reinvigorated the campaign with his State-of-the-Union proposal for a $50 billion program of infrastructure investments, $40 billion of which would be devoted to a “fix-it-first” program targeted at urgent improvements such as “structurally deficient” bridges.

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Infrastructure Advocacy and Public Credibility

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 2
Last week, infrastructure was in the news again. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, proposed a $50 billion infrastructure initiative, $40 billion of which would be devoted to a “fix-it-first” program targeted at urgent improvements such as “structurally deficient” bridges. The following day, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing on “The Federal Role in America’s Infrastructure,” focusing on the importance of infrastructure for the U.S. economy and the federal role in its preservation and expansion.

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Searching for Novel Approaches to Transportation Funding

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 1
As we enter the New Year (and begin our 24th year of publication), the debate about transportation funding is taking a new turn. Talk of raising the federal gas tax has become muted and even the efficacy of the gas tax itself is being questioned. And no wonder: vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient, CAFE standards are becoming more stringent, vehicle use is leveling off, and hybrids and electric vehicles are expected to slowly but surely increase their market penetration.

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A Post-Election Outlook for Transportation

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 32 With President Obama’s reelection and his oft-stated commitment to investing in infrastructure, there is reason for the transportation community to be upbeat and hopeful as we approach the end of the year.  At a post-election analysis of federal transportation policy convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Eno Center […]

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 23, No. 32
At a post-election analysis of federal transportation policy convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Eno Center for Transportation on November 30, a panel of transportation insiders touched upon a variety of familiar questions. Is an increase in the gasoline tax truly off the table? Should it be?

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