News Shorts

New Videos Show the Way Out of Crisis

New Videos Show the Way Out of Crisis

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 2, 2020—With dramatic footage from the administrations of Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, a new video by the Coalition for a National Infrastructure Bank presents a crucial component of the way out of the U.S. economic crisis. Their argument is this: If the Congress passes […]

by August 3, 2020 Infrastructure, News Shorts
The author at a book signing.

Hamilton Versus Wall Street Event July 16

July 14, 2020—Author Nancy Spannaus will be speaking on her book Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System of Economics this Thursday, July 16.  The virtual event will occur on the GotToMeeting portal sponsored by the Senior Center of Leesburg, Virginia, and is open to the […]

by July 15, 2020 News Shorts
Bridges like this one over the Potomac River show why we need a National Infrastructure Bank.

Support Grows for New Infrastructure Bank Bill

By Nancy Spannaus June 23, 2020—H.R. 6422, the new National Infrastructure Bank bill filed March 31 by Illinois representative Danny Davis, is picking up significant support. Spearheading the effort are representatives of organized labor, who have garnered endorsements in Ohio, New York, and Virginia. A resolution (H.R. 348) calling on […]

by June 23, 2020 Infrastructure Bank, News Shorts
The Ohio State Capitol Building.

Ohio Legislators Urge National Infrastructure Bank

May 28, 2020—Several members of the Ohio State House of Representatives have joined the national movement in support of the establishment of a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB). In doing so, they join members of 17 other state legislatures, many city and county councils, the National Congress of Black Women, the […]

The Edenville Dam collapse.

Dam Collapses Should Be No Surprise

By Nancy Spannaus May 21, 2020—The collapse of the Edenville and Sanford dams in Michigan this week should come as no surprise. On the one hand, the Edenville Dam had already had its license revoked by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), for reasons including the total insufficiency of its […]

Construction workers in New York City (Columbia University)

Minority Contractors Want an Infrastructure Bank

April 27, 2020—The National Association of Minority Contractors has joined the movement for the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB). In a statement issued April 24, the group urged Congress to establish a bank capitalized by existing Treasury debt, which would generate $4 trillion credit dedicated to rebuilding the […]

Public health workers in South Seattle

National Service for Public Health?

By Nancy Spannaus April 9, 2020—The editorial in the April 8 online newsletter of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) calls for a “Bold Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic” by the creation of a program of national service for public health. This FDR-style idea deserves immediate attention and action. […]

by April 9, 2020 healthcare, News Shorts
The NACo Conference

National Association of Counties Backs Infrastructure Bank

March 3, 2020—The Legislative Conference of the National Association of Counties (NACo) has gone on record in support of establishing a National Infrastructure Bank. NACo represents the more than 3000 counties in the United States. Its legislative conference was held in Washington, D.C. from Feb. 29 to March 4. On […]

The Pennsylvania State Capitol.

Memorial for Infrastructure Bank Introduced in Pennsylvania

Dec. 30, 2019—On December 16, the state of Pennsylvania became the most recent state to put a Memorial in support of Congress establishing a National Infrastructure Bank on its agenda. On that day, Democratic Representative Ed Neilson (Philadelphia County) introduced HR 636, A Resolution Urging the Congress of the United […]

by December 30, 2019 Infrastructure Bank, News Shorts
Progress for Small Modular Reactors

Progress for Small Modular Reactors

December 13, 2019—There’s some real good news for the U.S. economy today.  NuScale, an Oregon company that is developing a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR), has passed the next stage of review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As this blog has reported before, the mass development of nuclear power is […]

by December 13, 2019 News Shorts, Nuclear Power