Infrastructure

Rep. DeFazio in his campaign photo.

A New Opportunity for a National Infrastructure Agenda?

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 7, 2018—One thing is definitive about the results of the U.S. mid-term elections: Neither political party put a solution to the country’s economic and financial disaster on the national agenda.  That doesn’t mean that many of the new Democratic members of Congress don’t have a strong […]

by November 8, 2018 Infrastructure, News
Trucks on congested I-81

Virginia to Consider Rail Solution for Highway Congestion

Aug. 7, 2018—The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board, now under mandate to come up with a plan to deal with highway congestion on Interstate 81 through the Shenandoah Valley, plans to consider an innovative rail solution to the problem. That is the report from David Foster, chairman of the non-profit lobby […]

by August 7, 2018 Infrastructure, News Shorts
The New Orleans sea barrier, completed in 2013.

Army Corps of Engineers Proposes Flood Protection for New York

Aug. 6, 2018—Six years after Hurricane Sandy, the Army Corps of Engineers has begun to present options for protecting the New York-New Jersey harbor area from future devastating storms. At stake is the fate of 16 million people living in the area; three airports; five major rail networks; the largest […]

by August 6, 2018 Infrastructure, News Shorts
The demand for decent-paying jobs is growing across the nation.

Sen. Booker’s Federal Jobs Guarantee Act–A Glass Half Full

By Stuart Rosenblatt May 30, 2018–Over the past year, a new initiative to guarantee a job to anybody who wants or needs one has been making its way through progressive Democratic Party circles, and provoking a debate on what a competent jobs program should be.  Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) bill, […]

by May 30, 2018 Commentary, Infrastructure
Construction workers in the Apollo program.

The Cost of Infrastructure Decline–Opioid Deaths Among Hardhats

By Angela Vullo April 22, 2018–Sometimes there are unintended, even deadly, consequences in neglecting basic infrastructure.  This is one of those times.  Not only is America’s once prided infrastructure crumbling to the ground, but the workforce most responsible for building that infrastructure is facing dire conditions. This reality was exposed […]

by April 22, 2018 Infrastructure, News
FDR Launches Public Works, Starting with the CCC

FDR Launches Public Works, Starting with the CCC

March 20, 2018–Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal model  is still relevant today, Rep. Marcy Kaptur recognizes with her 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act (H.R. 2206). Read about a part of that model below. March 18, 1933 began the second phase of FDR’s “Hundred Days” program, the one devoted explicitly to […]

by March 20, 2018 History, Infrastructure
Henry Clay

Has Chuck Schumer Opened the Door to the American System?

Jan. 31, 2018—In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on the eve of President Trump’s State of the Union address, Senate Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer urged the President to propose “a substantial investment in our nation’s infrastructure.” Among the historical examples which he raised was none other than […]

by January 31, 2018 Infrastructure, News
Aerial view of hurricanes' devastation of Puerto Rico

Congress Postpones Disaster Relief Funding Indefinitely

By Nancy Spannaus December 23, 2017—One of the most egregious aspects of the recently passed stop-gap Federal spending bill is its treatment of those whose lives have been brought to ruin by the recent hurricanes and wildfires. After having increased the proposed new appropriation for additional disaster relief to Florida, […]

by December 23, 2017 Infrastructure, News
Ed Rendell, former Governor of Pennsylvania

Rendell Revives the Debate for a Capital Budget, as Trump Prepares to Release Infrastructure Plan

By John Ascher Dec. 9, 2017–According to a December 9, 2017 article in The Hill, President Trump will be soon releasing a 70-page memo detailing his long-awaited proposal for rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure.  The release of the report, according to the article, will come after the ‘success’ of passing tax […]

by December 9, 2017 Commentary, Infrastructure, News
Electrical engineers at a construction site. They will be in high-demand in a serious reconstruction plan. (dreamstime)

Building and Funding an FDR-style Infrastructure Program

By Stuart Rosenblatt Nov. 18, 2017–The following report is a brief summary of potential transformative outputs of a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB), as outlined in a Draft Bill  for such a bank now circulating on Capitol Hill. This report compares the results projected from similar outlines of infrastructure projects produced […]

by November 18, 2017 Infrastructure