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VP Biden Expresses Disappointment, Anger Regarding Lack of US Infrastructure Funding

VP Biden Expresses Disappointment, Anger Regarding Lack of US 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 U.S. for scrimping on infrastructure spending. This comes in the shadow of a report suggesting that America must increase infrastructure spending by $3.6 trillion before 2020 to be up to par.
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Magical Thinking: MI GOP Senate Candidate Can't Fathom Tax/Infrastructure Relationship

Magical Thinking: MI GOP Senate Candidate Can't Fathom Tax/Infrastructure Relationship
Terri Lynn Land's column wrote a column today on how to fix roads. She wants to fund road repairs ... by cutting taxes.
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Eyes Focused on Keystone, But Rail Cars Move More, and More Dangerously

Eyes Focused on Keystone, But Rail Cars Move More, and More Dangerously
Rail cars move more oil than pipelines like the proposed Keystone XL. And the cargo is much more concentrated. The combination spells (spills) disaster.
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TX Construction Workers 12% More Likely to Be Killed on the Job

TX Construction Workers 12% More Likely to Be Killed on the Job
Days after the Texas Workforce Commission praised the economy as strong in part due to the strength of the construction industry, the Dallas Morning News ran a weekend feature about the dangers of construction in the Lone Star State. Their investigative report echoes past arguments made by the Workers Defense Project and the AFL-CIO. In that booming economy, the state's construction sites are 22 percent deadlier than the national average.
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Uncertainty of Infrastructure Funding Keeps States from Hiring, as Congress Drags Its Feet Again

Uncertainty of Infrastructure Funding Keeps States from Hiring, as Congress Drags Its Feet Again
The Senate is set to take up legislation to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments. The House passed a $10.8 billion bill last week that would pay for highway and transit aid through the end of May 2015 if transportation spending is maintained at current levels.
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Joan Lowy
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Sen Elizabeth Warren Has Some Fighting Words

Sen Elizabeth Warren Has Some Fighting Words
Senator Elizabeth Warren recently laid out 11 core progressive values in a powerful speech at Netroots Nations. Watch the video on the flip, in which the senator explains how these principles are fundamentally American — and something we should be fighting to support.
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Top 10? Try Bottom of the Barrel. States Ranked by Infrastructure Woes

Top 10? Try Bottom of the Barrel. States Ranked by Infrastructure Woes
File this under "Shooting Yourself in the Foot." The states with the worst infrastructure woes are the very same ones with representatives trying to make it even worse. Republicans are refusing to budge, and their intransigence is allowing the Highway Trust Fund to run alarmingly low.
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Solar's Great Math: 1 New CO Plant = ~500K Cars Off the Road

Solar's Great Math: 1 New CO Plant = ~500K Cars Off the Road
A new solar power plant being conceived in Colorado – with plans to go on line by 2016 – will generate enough power for 13,500 homes, or the equivalent of taking 483,000 cars off the road in the next 20 years.
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GOP Transport Bill Guts Innovation and Alternatives While Subsidizing Same Ol Same Ol

GOP Transport Bill Guts Innovation and Alternatives While Subsidizing Same Ol Same Ol
The White House transport proposal, which put forward a $302 billion four-year surface transportation authorization, ups the current level of spending by $20 billion per year. With respect to rail funding, it proposed reorganizing intercity passenger rail funding into Current Rail Service and Rail Service Improvement programs, merging the Amtrak funding which was authorized in FY 2013 and 2014 with the Higher Speed / High Performance rail program which was zeroed out in the funding that passed Congress.
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High Speed Ahead: California's Bullet Train Chugging Along Towards Approval

High Speed Ahead: California's Bullet Train Chugging Along Towards Approval
The California High-Speed Rail Authority will meet at Fresno City Hall this week to hear public comments on plans to approve a 144 mile segment of High-Speed Rail that will connect Fresno and Bakersfield. With a 20,000 page environmental impact report as its guide, the group will decide how to properly ensure the least amount of farmland is destroyed and choose a path that is most efficient for the bullet line.
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