Post Tagged with: "infrastructure"

FDR joins youth at a CCC camp.

FDR’s Environmentalism: Improve Nature for Mankind

By Nancy Spannaus (Sept. 24, 2019–Yes, we need to improve nature! I am reprinting this article because I believe it is crucial to resurrect the thinking of the author of the original New Deal, in order to address the array of crises being faced by this nation, and the world. […]

by September 24, 2019 Commentary, Infrastructure
An artist's conception of a maglev from D.C. to NYC. The trip would take one hour.

Will 2020 Bring Winds of Change?

By Angela Vullo Aug. 24, 2019–On Sunday night, August 18, MSNBC completed a four-part docuseries called “American Swamp,” which included a segment on infrastructure entitled “Bill to Nowhere.”  The segment detailed both the crisis condition of our national infrastructure and the gridlock in Washington which has failed to address this […]

by August 24, 2019 Commentary
The lighthouse in Portland, Maine, completed under the Washington Administration.

Lighthouses: Our First Public Infrastructure Project

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 7, 2019—On August 7, 1789 Congress approved legislation for the first public infrastructure project in the just-born United States—our lighthouses! The legislation created the U.S. Light House Establishment, and it mandated that state lighthouses be turned over to the Federal government, which was charged with managing […]

by August 7, 2019 History, Infrastructure
The recent Amtrak derailment in Washington State--the result of infrastructure on the cheap.

Conditions Overripe for an Infrastructure Bank

By Nancy Spannaus July 24, 2019—Conditions are overripe, so to speak, for the adoption of a $4 trillion dollar National Infrastructure Bank, whose updated text I reprint below. Indeed, any delay will only worsen the consequences of an inevitable collapse of an aspect of our crumbling basic infrastructure, our bloated-to-bursting […]

by July 24, 2019 Infrastructure Bank, News
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
The Portal Bridge, a key link on the Northeast rail corridor, and over 100 years old.

Trump Administration Sabotaging Vital Infrastructure

By Nancy Spannaus March 18, 2019—Recent announcements by the Trump Administration on critical infrastructure projects, amount to nothing less than sabotage. Without effective Congressional action to ensure Federal government funding of major capital investments in infrastructure like that now under threat, there is no hope for a sustainable economic recovery […]

by March 18, 2019 Commentary, News
Ways and Means Committee chairmen at the March 6 hearing on infrastructure.

Funding Infrastructure: The Principle of Federal Credit

By Nancy Spannaus March 9, 2019—The March 6 House Ways and Means Committee hearing on transportation infrastructure put the crucial problem which is blocking vitally-needed action on this topic, squarely on the table: the lack of understanding of the Hamiltonian principle of credit. From Representative Peter DeFazio, Chairman of the […]

by March 9, 2019 Infrastructure, News
The fragility of the transit system in the New York-New Jersey area was dramatized when a beam penetrated the roof of  a New Jersey Transit train Sept. 7.

New NAM Report: Action on Infrastructure Now!

By Nancy Spannaus March 1, 2019—The latest report on the U.S. infrastructure disaster by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is a straightforward call for Congress and the President to act now. The “Build to Win” document begins by stating that “in an alarming state of disrepair and in urgent […]

by March 1, 2019 Infrastructure Bank, News
Water fountains in Flint, Michigan schools.

Water, Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink!

By Angela Vullo Feb. 7, 2019–How is it possible that, with 71% of the earth’s surface covered with water, we have a shortage of fresh drinking water on the planet?  Might one of the reasons be that, in addition to criminal underdevelopment of the developing nations, some U.S. water infrastructure […]

by February 7, 2019 Commentary, News
The 100-year old bridge over the Columbia River connecting Oregon and Washington state. (wikipedia)

Congress to Begin Debating Infrastructure

Feb. 2, 2019—Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Or), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will convene his first hearing on the nation’s infrastructure needs on Thursday, Feb. 7. According to the announcement on the Committee’s site, the hearing is entitled “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s […]

by February 2, 2019 Infrastructure, News Shorts