News Shorts

A partial picture of the book Hamilton Versus Wall Street.

Spannaus to Speak in Shepherdstown

Oct. 5, 2019– Lovettsville resident and journalist Nancy Spannaus will present the case for Alexander Hamilton’s economics and their relevance today at Four Seasons Books at 7 pm on October 9. Spannaus’s argument is presented in her book Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System of […]

by October 5, 2019 News Shorts
Michigan state house

National Bank Resolution Introduced in Michigan

Sept. 23, 2019—The following resolution was submitted to the Michigan State Senate on Sept. 13.  More than a dozen other state legislatures are considering similar resolutions. Over the course of 2019, three state legislatures–Illinois, South Carolina, and Alabama–have passed the resolution. A model draft of legislation for a Federal bill […]

by September 23, 2019 Infrastructure Bank, News Shorts
Russia's floating nuclear plant, the Akademik Lomonovosov, features modern small reactors.

Debate on Nuclear Power Intensifies

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 18, 2019—Just as the future of the young United States depended upon a decision to industrialize, so the future of our country today depends upon investing in a vast expansion of nuclear power, both fission and fusion. Thus it is a good sign that the debate […]

by September 18, 2019 News Shorts, Nuclear Power
New York's Indian Point Nuclear Plant, threatened with shut down.

No Energy Security Without Nuclear

By Nancy Spannaus July 18, 2019—A thoughtful analysis of the recent Manhattan blackout published in the City Journal of July 15, prompts this brief post.  The author, the former editor of Popular Mechanics, puts the blackout in the context of the miserable state of the aging electrical transmission system in […]

by July 18, 2019 News Shorts
This graph by the Congressional Budget Office notes the collapse of Federal infrastructure spending.

State Tax Increases Won’t Solve Infrastructure Crisis

July 6, 2019—As of July 1, 12 states raised their gasoline taxes, in a concerted effort to get the revenue to deal with their collapsing bridges and highways. The actions follow a pattern from recent years, over which time the Federal share of contributions to building and maintaining the nation’s […]

by July 6, 2019 Infrastructure, News Shorts
Angela Vullo, Stuart Rosenblatt, and Ralph Stresa testify at the Akron City Council.

Akron City Council Passes Bank Resolution

June 18, 2019—At a meeting last night, the Akron City Council passed a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to enact legislation establishing a National Infrastructure Bank. The passage had been preceded by extensive discussion. On June 13, sponsors of legislation to create a National Infrastructure Bank testified at City […]

Ohio Representative Michael J. Skindell

Ohio Legislator Introduces Glass-Steagall Resolution

June 6, 2019—Rep. Michael J. Skindell, a long-time Democratic representative from Ohio’s Cuyahoga County, has introduced a memorial resolution into the Ohio state legislature calling on Congress to pass a new Glass-Steagall law. The substance of House Concurrent Resolution 9 reads as follows: RESOLVED, That we, the members of the […]

by June 6, 2019 News Shorts
Alabama state legislature

Alabama House Passes Bank Resolution

Alabama House Passes Bank Resolution June 4, 2019—This spring Alabama became the third state where a memorial resolution in favor of a National Infrastructure Bank has been passed.  The resolution, introduced by Rep. Thomas Jackson, was voted up in the legislature in early April. The resolution also calls for reinstatement […]

by June 4, 2019 News Shorts
The Three Mile Island nuclear site.

Pennsylvania to Lose Nuclear Plant

May 25, 2019—The state of Pennsylvania will lose one of its five nuclear power plants in September, according to an announcement by its owner, Exelon, on May 5. Slated for the chopping block is the remaining plant at Three Mile Island—not because it represents any danger or is malfunctioning, but […]

by May 25, 2019 News Shorts
Organizing for a National Infrastructure Bank is going on nationwide. Here, Angela Vullo in Washington, D.C. during Infrastructure Week.

Alexandria Democrats Support Infrastructure Bank

May 20, 2019—The following resolution was passed unanimously on May 6 by the Alexandria, Virginia Democratic Committee. Similar resolutions are being debated, and passed, in Democratic committees, city councils, and state legislatures nationwide. The full text follows: Whereas, the United States faces a widely acknowledged infrastructure crisis, estimated to be […]

by May 20, 2019 News Shorts