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Posts Tagged ‘State of the Union’

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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The Fix-it-First Approach

Friday, February 15th, 2013

BROOKINGS INSTITUTE
In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama proposed a “Fix-it-First” approach to investing in our nation’s ailing infrastructure. This approach recognizes the value of the well-traveled network of roads and bridges that make up our nation’s existing highway system, and prioritizes the maintenance and rehabilitation of our deteriorating system.

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ASCE on the President’s State of the Union Address

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The following is a statement from Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S, D.WRE, president of The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address: “As stewards of our nation’s infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers applauds President Obama’s efforts to improve our country’s ailing infrastructure and get America back […]

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President Obama’s State of the Union Address, 2013

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily
Surprising many of us, President Obama proposed two new infrastructure programs in his State of the Union speech earlier this evening.

A “Fix-It-First” program would focus on putting “people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs” like deteriorating bridges and roads. A “Partnership to Rebuild America” would attract private capital to upgrade port infrastructure, pipelines, schools, and likely other infrastructure.

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The President’s Unserious Proposal

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Although some likened President Obama’s expansive vision to President Eisenhower’s historic call for a 42,000-mile Interstate Highway network, there is a vast difference between the two initiatives. The Interstate Highway proposal was backed by a reliable and steady revenue stream in the form of a federal gas tax. The high speed rail goal lacks a financial plan. It is not supported by a dedicated source of revenue that could maintain the program on a self-sustaining basis over a period of years.

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The Infra Community Responds to the State of the Union Address

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

“…we need the fastest, most reliable ways to move people, goods, and information – from high-speed rail to high-speed internet.”
-President Barack Obama
State of the Union Address, January 25th, 2011

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