Posts Tagged ‘infrastructure’

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...
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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...
Apr
2015
15

Nationwide, Infrastructure is Reclaiming its Rightful Place On the Bipartisan Pedestral

Nationwide, Infrastructure is Reclaiming its Rightful Place On the Bipartisan Pedestral
  As legislative sessions come to a close, states across the country are seeing various proposals to fund major construction projects in hopes of rebuilding infrastructure and creating construction jobs.  While the projects and financial circumstances in each state differs, infrastructure is again reclaiming its place as a reliably...
Apr
2015
14

Bipartisan Bill Would Tie Federal Infrastructure Funding to Veteran-Owned Contracting Mandates

  A group of lawmakers are pushing a bipartisan bill which will require states that receive federal funding for infrastructure projects to include veteran-owned businesses in their contracting processes.  H.R. 1694, the “Fairness to Veterans for Infrastructure Investment Act,” is being sponsored by Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA),...
Mar
2015
20

Prop 1 to be Voted on May 5th, Would Bring Needed Infrastructure Funding Changes to Michigan

Prop 1 to be Voted on May 5th, Would Bring Needed Infrastructure Funding Changes to Michigan
  In May, Michigan will have an opportunity to vote on a ballot proposition which would eventually pump $1.25 billion into the budget to improve crumbling roads while paying off debt from past infrastructure projects.  Proposition 1 would raise the sales tax in Michigan by one percent while removing the sales tax from fuel sales [&hellip...
Dec
2014
3

In Survey, MI’s Biz Community Speaks: Yes to Infrastructure, No to Wage-Slashing

  A survey of 300 business owners and executives taken by Crain’s Detroit Business in mid-November shows that the top priorities of business players are not lower taxes but infrastructure spending, education, and job training.  The Michigan GOP made major gains at the state and federal level during the 2014 elections, but the pro-business...
Nov
2014
13

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding

Speculation on High in MI: Far-Right May Try to Trade the Prevailing Wage for Road Funding
  The Michigan GOP enters the upcoming lame duck session knowing they will have a supermajority next year after the pickup of four house seats and one senate seat in the general election. 35 legislators will have one more chance to make a mark on the state before they return to civilian life due to [&hellip...
Oct
2014
23

VP Biden Expresses Disappointment, Anger Regarding Lack of U.S. Infrastructure Funding

VP Biden Expresses Disappointment, Anger Regarding Lack of U.S. Infrastructure Funding
  Speaking at the “America Answers: Improving How We Get From Here To There” event hosted by the Washington Post, Vice President Joe Biden used a downright angry tone as he scorned the US for scrimping on infrastructure spending.  The event brought together politicians, experts, and business leaders to discuss the future of...
Oct
2014
17

STUDY: 45,000 Jobs Have Already Resulted from Marcellus Shale Exploration

STUDY: 45,000 Jobs Have Already Resulted from Marcellus Shale Exploration
  A new study shows that exploration of the Marcellus Shale has created over 45,000 construction jobs and contributed over $5 billion in spending to the economy. The study, from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee, concludes that spending on construction and maintenance grew by over 60 percent between 2012 and 2013....