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Put America first and pass an infrastructure package

Put America First And Pass An Infrastructure Package

MICHAEL S. BURKE AND SEAN MCGARVEY

In his State of the Union address, President Trump set an encouraging vision to reclaim America’s “building heritage” and advance economic prosperity in calling for $1.5 trillion in new infrastructure investment. Now, Congress must act with urgency, build on bipartisan consensus, and deliver a bill that will benefit American workers, commuters, and families.


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ReBuild USA State of Infrastructure Report

 

ReBuild USA has released its report on The State of Infrastructure, and five principles for Congress as it considers an infrastructure bill. Read the full report and principles below.

  1. BROAD: Modernize all aspects of America’s aging infrastructure to keep our communities safe and thriving, spur economic growth, and invest and grow the middle class.
  2. ROBUST: Include robust federal investment that will meet our pressing infrastructure needs and lay a foundation for growth.
  3. STANDARDS: Ensure the safety of all communities by promoting and preserving hiring and procurement standards that maximize community investments, create construction career pathways for underserved communities, and ensure the safest, most productive and optimally trained pool of workers to rebuild our country.

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Bipartisan group of lawmakers offers ideas for infrastructure plan

Bipartisan group of lawmakers offers ideas for infrastructure plan

MALLORY SHELBOURNE

The congressional Problem Solvers Caucus on Wednesday released a bipartisan report detailing policy suggestions for a future infrastructure plan.

The report, released by the caucus’s Infrastructure Working Group, proposes solutions on how to modernize U.S. infrastructure while maintaining environmental protections and bolstering the national security.

“Unfortunately, due to years of underinvestment and deferred maintenance, America is no longer keeping pace and continues to fall behind other countries,” the report says. “By some estimates, the funding gap may be as high as $2 trillion by 2025 across all sectors of American infrastructure.”


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Fixing Michigan’s infrastructure a top priority for voters, poll finds

Best States: Infrastructure Rankings

BRIAN MCVICAR

Repairing Michigan's infrastructure is at the forefront of voters' minds heading into the November election, according to a statewide survey of 600 residents by Lansing-based polling firm EPIC-MRA.

A quarter of respondents chose fixing Michigan's roads, bridges and dams, drinking water sources and wastewater treatment systems as the issue they were concerned about most. It was followed by improving the quality of education, which 16 percent of respondents picked as their top priority. Coming in third was controlling for crime and drugs.


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Infrastructure Rankings

Best States: Infrastructure Rankings

The condition of infrastructure is key to evaluating the quality of life for any state’s citizens. In ranking the Best States for infrastructure, use of renewable energy and the quality of roads and bridges were major considerations. While the U.S. is among the top nations for education, entrepreneurship and quality of life, it lags behind in infrastructure, earning a D+ in the American Society of Civil Engineers 2013 report card. President Donald Trump has vowed to invest $1 trillion to rebuild U.S. roads, bridges, ports and other public works. But the shortage of skilled construction workers left from the 2007 to 2009 recession has driven up the costs of projects, and limited state budgets pose a challenge for infrastructure.


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Chamber makes case for gas tax increase to fund infrastructure

Chamber makes case for gas tax increase to fund infrastructure

MALLORY SHELBOURNE

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday made its case for increasing the gas tax as it unveiled a plan to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and trains.

Chamber President Tom Donohue called for a 25-cent increase to the gas tax over the course of five years, but said his group would also support a proposal that increased the tax all at once.


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Trump raises infrastructure investment plan to $1.7 trillion

Trump raises infrastructure investment plan to $1.7 trillion

REUTERS STAFF

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his long-awaited plan to help rebuild the nation’s infrastructure would result in about $1.7 trillion in overall investment over the next 10 years, a larger figure than he previously announced.


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Study finds Indiana common construction wage repeal reduced worker pay, didn’t save money on public works projects

Study finds Indiana common construction wage repeal reduced worker pay, didn't save money on public works projects

By DAN CARDEN

nwi.com

INDIANAPOLIS — When Gov. Mike Pence signed the 2015 repeal of Indiana's common construction wage statute, the Republican proclaimed that eliminating county minimum pay rates for public works projects would save the state and local governments money without reducing the paychecks of Hoosier workers.

"Wages on public projects should be set by the marketplace and not by government bureaucracy," Pence said at the time.