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Cut Red Tape.
It’s not hard to make most things work. A little common sense goes a long way. People take responsibility. They’re judged on results.
Our government doesn't work that way anymore. We all know that government is broken. But Washington insiders will never fix it, unless we join together to demand a historic overhaul. The solutions are relatively easy—remaking government into simple frameworks that allow people to take charge again. What’s hard is overthrowing the Washington status quo. It will only happen with your help.
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(House Committee on Natural Resources, 11/29/17) Chairman Bishop, Ranking Member Grijalva, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for inviting me to testify before the Committee today about the need to modernize environmental review.
(The New York Times, 11/18/17) President Trump says he is frustrated with the slow pace of major construction projects like highways, ports and pipelines. Last summer, he pledged to use the power of the presidency to jump start building when it became bogged down in administrative delays.
(Common Good and PPI, 11/16/2017) Rebuilding America’s infrastructure would generate more than two million jobs, improve our nation’s competitiveness, enhance public safety, and reduce pollution. The investment would be returned many times over through increased efficiency and economic activity.
Tear down N.Y.’s ‘Scaffold Law’ to rebuild infrastructure, group says. Not so fast, a law clinic replies.
(Washington Post, 10/26/2017) A battle to repeal an obscure New York law protecting construction workers appears to be gaining momentum, with backers saying the 19th-century measure is typical of the reasons it’s so difficult and costly to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.
(New York Daily News, 10/23/2017) New York is at the cusp of a major infrastructure building boom, but an obsolete New York statute from the 19th century called the Scaffold Law has already wasted $200 million on one project — the new Mario Cuomo (Tappan Zee) Bridge.
(New York Post, 10/21/2017) As officials race to find funds for a new cross-Hudson train tunnel before the existing one fails, a nonpartisan group has ID’d up to $300 million that could be saved right off the top — by ditching the state’s Scaffold Law.
(MetroFocus, 10/6/2017) The push to build another railroad tunnel linking New York and New Jersey may hinge on support from the White House. Will the President get on board? Or will the gateway tunnel get stuck at the station? We talk to Philip K. Howard, the chair of Common Good for the answers.
(Inc., 9/9/2017) Small businesses need their own separate regulatory system. It should be simple. It should be accessible from one place.
(House of Representatives, 9/6/2017) Philip K. Howard testified in front of the House Small Business Committee today about cutting red tape and smarter regulation for small businesses.
(The Guardian, 8/19/17) It was as if Godzilla were smashing up their bridges, roads and railways before their eyes.
(Our American Network, 7/6/2017) A Tree Falls and Floods A Creek…But, YOU CAN’T Remove It!
(Common Good, 6/2017) Last month, the Center for American Progress released a report defending the current lengthy process and slurring Common Good and other reformers as “environmental review opponents.”