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Infrastructure Week: Time to Build

The fifth annual Infrastructure Week is underway.  More than 100 events are being held around the country this week, with the goal of elevating infrastructure as a critical issue impacting all Americans. Things kicked off Monday morning with an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, featuring Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Los Angeles Mayor Eric......

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A Chance to Fix the Highway Trust Fund

President Donald Trump gave the idea of raising the federal gas tax a boost today, saying in an interview with Bloomberg News that raising the tax to fund infrastructure is “something that I would certainly consider.” So far this Congress, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has introduced legislation to raise the federal gas tax, while fellow......

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Louisiana Report Card Gives Infrastructure a “D+”

The Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers released the 2017 Report Card for Louisiana Infrastructure on April 26. To assign grades, 50 volunteer civil engineers from across the state analyzed 11 categories of infrastructure over 18 months. Scores ranged from a “C+” for Dams and Solid Waste to a “D-” in Drinking......

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States Approve Major Transportation Packages

States are once again forging their own pathways to fund their roads and bridge programs. In the meantime, four more states (California, Indiana, Montana and Tennessee) join the 19 others that have increased or modified their gas taxes to increase revenue since 2013. In each state the gas tax increase was just one piece of......

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New Hampshire Report Card Gives State’s Infrastructure a “C-“

On Wednesday, the New Hampshire Section of ASCE released its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, giving the state’s infrastructure a “C-.” A team of professional engineers from across the state graded twelve infrastructure categories, including aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste, ports, rail, roads, solid waste, stormwater, and wastewater. New Hampshire last released a......

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Transportation Committee Focuses on Brownfields

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee continues its series of hearing on “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America” this week, focusing on brownfields this time. The panel’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment’s March 28th hearing was entitled Revitalizing American Communities through the Brownfields Program. In fiscal year 2016, the EPA provided a total......

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White House Sends Congress Budget Request for the Rest of FY17

Following on the heels of the FY18 “skinny budget” it released two weeks ago, last Friday the White House sent the House and Senate appropriations committees its budget request for the remaining five months of FY17. As detailed in a previous post, the Trump Administration’s FY18 budget request would dramatically increase defense spending and make......

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Brookings Tackles “Water Problem” at Summit

On March 28, the Brookings Institution convened a half-day summit, titled “Tackling the ‘Water Problem’: Challenges facing U.S. regulation, sustainability, and global geopolitics.” Former U.S. Secretary of Interior under President Clinton, Bruce Babbitt, provided a keynote address and two panels were convened to discuss domestic water infrastructure and regulations, as well as global water security,......

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How the White House Budget Would Affect Infrastructure and Engineering

The White House released its budget blueprint for FY 2018 last week, signaling its priorities to Congress as it ramps up the annual appropriations process. The White House’s budget would increase defense spending by $54 billion and offset that increase with broad cuts elsewhere in discretionary spending. It will be up to House and Senate......

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