Posts Tagged ‘infrastructure’

Mar
2016
10

CA Judge Deals Blow to High-Speed Rail Opponents; Construction Continues as Do Legal Battles

CA Judge Deals Blow to High-Speed Rail Opponents; Construction Continues as Do Legal Battles
  In a major victory for California’s proposed high-speed rail (HSR) system, a Sacramento judge ruled against its opponents who argued that plans for the project violated state law.  The decision is likely to be appealed.  For now, the momentum is in favor of the state’s $64 billion plan to connect Los Angeles and San [&hellip...
Feb
2016
23

A Bridge to Sell You: Infrastructure Funding Fix Needed Despite Small Drop in Deficiency Figures

A Bridge to Sell You: Infrastructure Funding Fix Needed Despite Small Drop in Deficiency Figures
  Almost 10 percent of the country’s bridges — 58,495 out of 609,539 — have been labeled “structurally deficient” by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) in the group’s latest report.  This despite 2,574 bridges shaking that classification from the previous year. The infrastructure...
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Feb
2016
12

Broad Range of Labor, Business, Community Groups Support RhodeWorks Plan to Bolster RI’s Infrastructure

Broad Range of Labor, Business, Community Groups Support RhodeWorks Plan to Bolster RI's Infrastructure
  The Rhode Island legislature is currently debating a plan which would raise tolls on big-rig trucks in order to pay for long overdue infrastructure improvements. Known as RhodeWorks, the plan is supported by a wide array of groups and would help the department of transportation fund a massive infrastructure overhaul in a state where...
Nov
2015
13

Advocacy Groups, Unions Applaud Pending Highway Bill but Push for Bolstered Funds

Advocacy Groups, Unions Applaud Pending Highway Bill but Push for Bolstered Funds
  A letter sent by a wide array of transportation advocacy groups and unions — more than 40 total — asks lawmakers currently negotiating the final details of the new highway funding bill to increase spending even if it results in a shorter funding package.  The letter comes after the House passed a six-year, $325 [&hellip...
Nov
2015
10

MI Gov. Finally Set to Sign Road Funding Deal After Years of Political Infighting

MI Gov. Finally Set to Sign Road Funding Deal After Years of Political Infighting
  After years of negotiations and political infighting, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will sign a bill to provide $1.2 billion in funding for roads.  Late last week the Republican-controlled Senate voted 20-18 in favor of key pieces of the legislation, which the House eventually passed.  The $1.2 billion in funding will be made up of [&hellip...
Oct
2015
26

Hoffa, Teamsters Implore Congress to Disallow Longer, More Dangerous Trucks on US Highways

Hoffa, Teamsters Implore Congress to Disallow Longer, More Dangerous Trucks on US Highways
  Pointing to a 33-foot-long tractor trailer — a “twin 33” — Teamsters General President James Hoffa last week denounced members of Congress who are caving to trucking industry lobbyists who want to expand the legal length of trailers on American highways.  Joining Hoffa at the press conference, which was held on Capitol...
Sep
2015
3

Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)

Everything's Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)
  Plans to connect North Texas by high-speed rail (HSR) continue to move along despite political opposition.  In early August the Regional Transportation Council decided to pay $4.5 million through 2018 to keep planning efforts in place for the portion of the system that would connect Arlington, Fort Worth, and Dallas.  The second phase of...
Aug
2015
26

Wait Watchers: NYT Praises State Infrastructure Funding Efforts Amidst Federal Faltering

Wait Watchers: NYT Praises State Infrastructure Funding Efforts Amidst Federal Faltering
  Over the weekend, the New York Times editorial board praised the work of state governments that have found ways to fund transportation projects despite Congressional gridlock on the issue. In August, Congress passed a temporary fix to keep the federal highway fund operating through October.  It is the 34th such move since 2009.   [&hellip...
Aug
2015
24

MI Legislature Adjourns Without Road Funding Deal; GOP House Holding Construction Wages Hostage

  The Michigan legislature has adjourned through Labor Day without reaching consensus on how to fund a road reconstruction deal. A day of closed-door talks last week did not solve the problem.  While both the House and Senate have passed separate funding plans, they have yet to hammer out their differences.  The Senate’s $1.5 billion...
Jun
2015
23

Public Spending on Infrastructure Construction Sinking to Great Recession Levels

Public Spending on Infrastructure Construction Sinking to Great Recession Levels
  New numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis show the extent to which government has failed to adequately fund infrastructure construction and the effect this has had on the overall economy.  The new statistics show that total public construction spending is nearing Great Recession lows at a time when the American Society...
Jun
2015
17

NM Court Sides with Building Trades, Says Martinez Admin Has Been Illegally Setting Wage Rates

NM Court Sides with Building Trades, Says Martinez Admin Has Been Illegally Setting Wage Rates
  On Monday, the New Mexico Supreme Court sided with a group of unions ruling that state labor officials must change the way they set the prevailing wage and fringe benefits for publicly funded projects.  In her 15-page opinion, Justice Petra Jimenez Maes argued that the Martinez administration has a duty to set rates based [&hellip...
Apr
2015
30

Building Trades, Chamber of Commerce Both Backing RI Gov’s Infrastructure-Friendly Budget

Building Trades, Chamber of Commerce Both Backing RI Gov's Infrastructure-Friendly Budget
  The ambitious budget proposal of Governor Gina Raimondo has gained the support of both the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council (RIBCTC) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. In an op-ed for The Providence Journal, Michael Sabitoni of the RIBCTC and Laurie White of the Chamber of Commerce explain their support for...