Posts Tagged ‘infrastructure’

Aug
2016
23

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending
  Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a ballot initiative that, if passed in November, would see major investments in public transit and highway infrastructure spending. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Measure M, officially called the “Los Angeles...
Aug
2016
8

Clinton Rallies at IBEW Hall in Las Vegas, Touts Apprenticeship, Infrastructure Investment

Clinton Rallies at IBEW Hall in Las Vegas, Touts Apprenticeship, Infrastructure Investment
  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton paid a visit to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Las Vegas last week. After taking a tour of Mojave Electric’s training facility, Clinton spoke at the IBEW Local 357 hall to a crowd of roughly 1,400. She stressed the importance of technical training and...
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Aug
2016
3

Make America (I Mean Europe) Great Again: Trump Infrastructure Ad Features Foreign Bridge

Make America (I Mean Europe) Great Again: Trump Infrastructure Ad Features Foreign Bridge
  Is Trump outsourcing again? Well, kinda. This time it’s a pro-Trump super PAC, Rebuilding America Now, at fault. An ad they produced called “America Soaring” exhausts Trumps grand plan to bring jobs back to America. Unfortunately, it does so while showing footage of a bridge in Europe. The PAC admitted the gaff and...
Aug
2016
2

Montana Building Trades Find Unfamiliar Friends in Fight to Protect Infrastructure Bonds

Montana Building Trades Find Unfamiliar Friends in Fight to Protect Infrastructure Bonds
  In an unusual convergence of political interests, Montana labor unions and conservative anti-tax advocates have asked the state’s Supreme Court to block a November ballot initiative that would move $200 million worth of bonds to fund biomedical research over the next ten years. The money would be awarded through competitive grants for...
May
2016
11

PLA on Billion-Dollar Natural Gas Plant Brings Much-Needed Workforce Diversity to Memphis

PLA on Billion-Dollar Natural Gas Plant Brings Much-Needed Workforce Diversity to Memphis
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for work on the latest Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) natural gas-fired plant, a $975 million project, is helping grow the Memphis Building Trades. The deal ensures that work stays local and includes businesses owned by women, minorities, and veterans.  The successful PLA may seem out of place in...
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...
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...