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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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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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Google's Self-Driving Cars Mastering City Street Navigation

Google's Self-Driving Cars Mastering City Street Navigation
Google says that cars it has programmed to drive themselves have started to master the navigation of city streets and the challenges they bring, from jaywalkers to weaving bicyclists — a critical milestone for any commercially available self-driving car technology. Despite the progress over the past year, the cars have plenty of learning to do before 2017, when the Silicon Valley tech giant hopes to get the technology to the public.
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Justin Pritchard
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Laborers Furious as PA GOP Attempts to Tie Prevailing Wage Repeal to Infrastructure Spending

Laborers Furious as PA GOP Attempts to Tie Prevailing Wage Repeal to Infrastructure Spending
Pennsylvania’s broken record budget battle — in which the GOP is holding much needed infrastructure spending hostage in exchange for slashing wage protections — has laborers fuming. The State House is 30 votes shy of being able to pass a gas tax hike needed to fund the infrastructure and transportation plan, so Republicans are attaching a prevailing wage repeal to the legislation in order to earn conservative votes.
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Surprises Abound in Report on Summer’s US Clean Energy and Transportation Project Bounce

Surprises Abound in Report on Summer’s US Clean Energy and Transportation Project Bounce
Between April and June of this year, five dozen clean energy and transportation projects were announced that will result in 38,000 new U.S. jobs. That figure represents a slight increase from the same period last year when 37,400 jobs were created. These jobs span the industries of energy generation, manufacturing, transmission/smart grid, energy efficiency, and public transportation.
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VA Senate Compromises to Pass Bipartisan Transportation Bill

VA Senate Compromises to Pass Bipartisan Transportation Bill
The transportation bill passed the House of Delegates with only 53 percent of the vote, and only 12.5 percent of Democrats. The plan passed the House with 53 votes, of which just 4 were Democrats. This plan raises the gas tax by 5 cents and indexes it to the cost of the construction materials it takes to build roads.
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VA Gov. Bob McDonnell Loses Virginia's 'Best State for Business' Top Ranking

In stark contrast to Ronald Reagan, here in Virginia, Bob McDonnell and his fellow Republican'ts -- puppets of Grover Norquist's absolutist pledge against any taxes, anytime -- have refused to raise transportation revenues, despite the fact that Virginia needs $700 million/year more "just to fix its crumbling roads and bridges." And, of course, we need billions more if we want to go beyond just maintaining what we've already got.
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