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The Take Away: ‘The nation is heading towards a transit crisis’

Blueprint America correspondent Rick Karr talks with The Take Away on public radio about the operating budget shortfall common to most of America’s mass transit systems, and if Congress’ stimulus plan will be able to help.

Feb 17th, 2009

‘But it’s a good start.’ Obama’s economic stimulus plan

What is almost gone from the stimulus discussion now is infrastructure. After months of talk of a new New Deal and putting people back to work with public works spending while, at the same time, building a new America, the focus of the stimulus bill has been shifted to tax breaks for home builders, new-car buyers and manufacturers, spending cuts for state governments, and a limit to executive bonus pay.

Feb 11th, 2009

After the Senate compromise: Obama’s economic stimulus

The Senate agreed on a scaled-down economic stimulus bill on Friday when three Republicans said they would back the reworked legislation.

Feb 9th, 2009

In post-partisan era, bipartisan opposition to Obama’s stimulus

President Barack Obama has brought change to Washington, D.C. In this newly declared post-partisan era of politics, there is growing bipartisan opposition to the President’s economic stimulus package.

Feb 6th, 2009

A world of infrastructure trouble

As Washington considers a nearly $1 trillion economic stimulus bill to combat an increasing recession, with billions going to public works projects, governments worldwide will, at the same time, spend as much as $1.5 trillion annually for the next 20 years to make up for a lack of similar spending on infrastructure in years past.

Feb 6th, 2009

‘Service to this stop is suspended’

Most public transit systems throughout the country, even in cities that approved funding increases during the last election, are facing substantial budget shortfalls.

Feb 5th, 2009

Teaching an old dog new tricks? New York City transportation budget shortfall

Like so many other transit agencies around the country, the nation’s largest transit authority - New York City - is in the midst of a severe budget crisis and is facing a $1.2 billion deficit.

Feb 5th, 2009

‘Buy American’

As Americans have slashed consumer spending, congressional Democrats want to buy American with stimulus spending.

Feb 4th, 2009

America falling down: American Society of Civil Engineers 2009 Report Card

In order to have an impact on the American Recovery and Reinvestment bill, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2009 Report Card for America's Infrastructure. Still, as the bill goes through Congress, little has been done to ensure that proper oversight will be applied to the funds devoted to spending.

Jan 28th, 2009
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