Posts Tagged ‘infrastructure’

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...
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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....
Jul
2014
24

Biden Beseeches Congress to Spend on Infrastructure in White Board Video

Biden Beseeches Congress to Spend on Infrastructure in White Board Video
  On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden hosted a White House White Board session in which he laid out why America must rebuild its roads and bridges. In the video (below) Biden explains the history of how America has built infrastructure and how slowing that progress has lowered us to 28th in infrastructure investment internationally...
Jul
2014
11

Not the Top 10 You Want to Be In: Fiscal Times Ranks States by Looming Highway Funding Woes

Not the Top 10 You Want to Be In: Fiscal Times Ranks States by Looming Highway Funding Woes
  The Fiscal Times recently published a ‘ten states with the worst highway spending woes’ article to help people understand the consequences of congressional inaction on the Highway Trust Fund. Congress is having problems agreeing on action to take, including a six-year, $100 billion comprehensive plan and a patchwork $9 to $10...
Jul
2014
3

BOOM: Job Growth Predicted in Non-Shale States as a Result of Their Shale-Producing Neighbors

BOOM: Job Growth Predicted in Non-Shale States as a Result of Their Shale-Producing Neighbors
  Testimony from the Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) suggests that as many as 300,000 new jobs will be created by 2025 as the shale energy supply sector continues to grow. Since the boom in shale energy began less than a decade ago, more than 450,000 jobs have been created in the supply sector [&hellip...
Jul
2014
2

Scientists, Dems See the Light on Dangers of Crude Transport by Rail, Power of Keystone XL as Safe Alternative

  Using oil spills and explosions in North Dakota, Quebec, and Alabama as examples, scientists are increasingly reaching consensus that the infrastructure being used to ship Bakken crude oil is outdated and will lead to future environmental disasters.  As we have discussed in the past, the Keystone XL pipeline would alleviate the pressure on...
Jun
2014
30

At Clinton Conference, North America’s Building Trades Announce $10B in Infrastructure Funding; Union Contributions Crucial

At Clinton Conference, North America's Building Trades Announce $10B in Infrastructure Funding; Union Contributions Crucial
  At last week’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference in Denver, Colorado the AFL-CIO announced they were early in meeting their goal of raising $10 billion to invest in America’s infrastructure.  In 2011, the AFL-CIO pledged to raise the funds in five years, but on Tuesday they were pleased to announce they had already raised...
Jun
2014
18

From China With Glove: Failures of Outsourced Bay Bridge Project Revealed

From China With Glove: Failures of Outsourced Bay Bridge Project Revealed
  A recent long read from the Sacramento Bee details the decision of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to hire a Chinese contractor, Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), to rebuild key parts of the Bay Bridge and how the company’s inexperience and shoddy work have led to structural doubts and inflated costs...
May
2014
16

Looming Highway Trust Fund Insolvency Has Leaders, Labor Stumping for Much-Needed Fix

Looming Highway Trust Fund Insolvency Has Leaders, Labor Stumping for Much-Needed Fix
  Speaking at a Bloomberg Government event this week, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that bipartisan legislation that would pay for a six-year infrastructure bill by closing overseas tax loopholes is the best option to ensure that the Highway Trust Fund does not run dry by the end of the summer.  Raising the gasoline tax [&hellip...
May
2014
7

Manchin on Keystone: “Sooner or Later You’ve Got to Give In to the Will of the People.”

Manchin on Keystone:
  The ultimate Senate showdown on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline may be near, and support among Democrats has grown. This means the go-ahead to begin construction could come sooner than later.   The key for Keystone supporters is to hit the filibuster-proof 60-vote threshold, a number that Democratic Senator Joe Manchin believes is...