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Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

Guest on The Infra Blog: Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Mayor Stephen Benjamin on The Infra Blog

Across this country, 85% of our citizens now live in cities and metropolitan economies. 89% of the jobs are in the cities and in metropolitan economies. 91% of America’s nearly $28 trillion GDP is created in cities and metropolitan economies. We are driving the economic growth of this country. And our message is that by partnering with mayors, by looking at the creative solutions that are being deployed all across this country, seeing the innovative ideas, seeing the massive investment in infrastructure, but also embracing the idea of inclusion and ways in which we can all move forward together, is the way to go…We’re always coming around the table. That’s the strength, I believe, of being a mayor and having to always listen to every opinion, not gerrymandered ideas with narrow constituencies. We’re going to continue to do that.

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Trump’s Infrastructure Plan is out – and controversy is rampant!

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Written by Mary Scott Nabers President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc. President Trump released his Infrastructure Plan on Monday and to no surprise…it pleased almost no one…other than perhaps those who crafted it.  Some have questioned whether the plan pleases anyone. The plan has been touted as a $1.5 trillion investment but there is actually […]

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Reactions to the White House Infrastructure Proposal

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Trump Infrastructure Plan 2018

As expected, President Trump’s “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America” proved divisive among stakeholders. This post offers a selection of reactions to the White House infrastructure proposal.

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Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
Trump Infrastructure Plan 2018

I have enclosed with this message my Administration’s framework for rebuilding infrastructure in America. Our Nation’s infrastructure is in an unacceptable state of disrepair, which damages our country’s competitiveness and our citizens’ quality of life. For too long, lawmakers have invested in infrastructure inefficiently, ignored critical needs, and allowed it to deteriorate. As a result, the United States has fallen further and further behind other countries. It is time to give Americans the working, modern infrastructure they deserve.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: John Schroer, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
John Schroer on The Infra Blog

The issue that we’re very concerned with nationally…is making sure that our mainstay of funding transportation projects, the Trust Fund, is solvent, and it’s just not right now. We’re very concerned that that may possibly fall by the wayside with this new infrastructure plan, which would be more project based, and puts more emphasis on funding through other sources other than the federal government and will make it difficult for rural states like Tennessee in most states in this country to keep up with the current demand that we have on maintaining our infrastructure.

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A Blueprint for Cronyism: President Trump’s Illegal Infrastructure Plan to Enrich His Friends

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
Donald Trump and Skyscraper

DEMOCRACY FORWARD President Trump made rebuilding America’s infrastructure a central part of his campaign, promising to invest in “the next generation of roads, bridges, railways, tunnels, sea ports, and airports.” But that’s not the President’s plan. Instead, what President Trump will outline is a blueprint for cronyism: An infrastructure proposal illegally developed in secret that […]

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State of the Union Address: Reactions from the Infrastructure Community

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Trump’s first State of the Union address lasted a respectable 1 hour and 20 minutes, and delved into a familiar set of issues: jobs, economic growth, immigration, and national security. Infrastructure made a brief appearance, but many stakeholders around the country, on both sides of the aisle, are left with questions about the exact nature of Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal.

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The Future of Infrastructure: Expert Opinions from Around the World

Monday, February 5th, 2018
The future of infrastructure - key findings

We find an industry that is unified in its belief that infrastructure will play an important role in shaping the society of the future. Over 80 percent of the more than 500 professionals surveyed agree that national prosperity depends on civil infrastructure

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Market-Based Ideas for Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure

Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Market-based infrastructure ideas - Manhattan Institute

MANHATTAN INSTITUTE Introduction American infrastructure is in dire need of repair and replacement. Yet decades of experience have shown us that simply showering federal money on infrastructure is not the right solution. Indeed, this approach has been shown to encourage wasteful spending on projects that are politically expedient but economically dubious. Large injections of federal […]

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — 2018 Legislative Outlook: Infrastructure Up Next

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Engineering Inc - Infrastructure Investment in 2018

Will 2016 Election Promises for Significant Infrastructure Investment Be Kept? Today’s political environment can be summed up in two, frustrating words: partisan gridlock. Aside from the year-end sprint to pass tax reform, it has become next-to-impossible to enact major legislation in several areas, including transportation, water infrastructure and energy. Expectations for 2018 nonetheless, remain high.

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