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(Staten Island Advocate, 02/15/2018) The Bayonne Bridge has recently found itself at the center of President Donald Trump’s push for infrastructure reform.
(Common Good, 02/14/2018) Philip K. Howard, Chair of the nonpartisan reform coalition Common Good and a leading champion of streamlining infrastructure permitting, issued the following statement today on the “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America” – issued February 12th by the White House:
(The New York Post, 01/31/2018) President Trump this week reiterated his commitment to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.” He called upon Congress to enact a law that “generates at least $1.5 trillion” and also to “streamline the permitting and approval process — getting it down to no more than two years, and perhaps even one.”
(CNN Money, 01/30/18) President Trump is expected to use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce his long-awaited plan for investing in America’s infrastructure.
(The Guardian 01/30/18) Bridges and roads crumble. Capitol Hill is in stasis. As Trump prepares to announce an infrastructure plan in his state of the union address, can no one agree on anything?
(American Journal of Transportation, 01/29/18) Mused Common Good chair Philip Howard, in a telephone interview. “All these people go clashing headlong, without any order and without any clears lines of authority to make decisions. You get a lot of heat and noise and no action.”
(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.