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THE DIG
On the Grid: Transit in the Stimulus Bill

Transit funding has taken a big hit in the House version of the stimulus bill, and yesterday some bloggers were speculating that it was because House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar (D., MN) had rolled over and allowed the money to go to tax cuts instead. But, the situation may not be as bad as it looks –- yet.

Jan 23rd, 2009

THE DIG
But, will it work? The American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009

Following his election last November, then President-elect Barack Obama continually advocated for federal spending on infrastructure projects to stimulate the depressed economy and, at the same time, to not just rebuild America’s failing infrastructure but to also establish a Twenty-First Century country.

Jan 22nd, 2009

THE DIG
Building Debt

The national credit crisis is hitting the housing market again, this time resulting in bankruptcy -- for builders.

Jan 21st, 2009

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
America in Gridlock: [RADIO] There’s Gas in Them Thar Hills

Blueprint America -- with Weekend America -- in a report on modern day gas prospecting in the hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Jan 16th, 2009

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
America in Gridlock: [REPORT] There’s Gas in Them Thar Hills: Marcellus Shale in Northeastern Pennsylvania

Gas exploration has been happening in Pennsylvania since the 1800s. However, a new technology and new price incentives have made possible the exploration of the Marcellus shale. It is a geological formation – the size of Greece – stretching from New York to West Virginia and holding what could become the nation’s most prolific natural gas reservoir.

Jan 16th, 2009

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
America in Gridlock: [VIDEO] Power Struggle

Will green energy happen? Blueprint America -- with NOW on PBS -- looks at the reality of renewables -- energy generated from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, and rain.

Jan 15th, 2009

THE DIG
Stimulus draft released: American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009

Congressional officials have released a draft of the $825 billion federal stimulus package, a combination of spending and tax cuts. Some of spending components include $87 billion for a temporary increase in aid to states for Medicaid costs; and $79 billion in aid to local school districts and public colleges to prevent cutbacks.

Jan 15th, 2009

THE DIG
Confirmation of Transportation Secretary nominee in question

The confirmation of President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for Transportation Secretary was delayed just before the hearing was to begin. Former Congressman Ray LaHood (R., IL) had his confirmation hearing postponed until at least next week as the Senate Commerce Committee is still waiting to get some background paperwork from the President-elect’s transition team – information that is traditionally provided on nominees.

Jan 15th, 2009

the dig
Americans willing to pay more taxes for infrastructure

The bipartisan organization Building America's Future, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I.), California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R.), and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D.), just released the results of a national survey indicating that Americans are willing to pay more taxes to fix the nation's infrastructure.

Jan 12th, 2009

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
Profiles from the Recession: [VIDEO] The Big Fix

In a Blueprint America special, David Brancaccio (NOW on PBS) interviews Nobel Laureate and The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman about President-elect Barack Obama's proposed stimulus package - how government spending on infrastructure projects will impact America's economy in these hard times.

Dec 31st, 2008

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
Profiles from the Recession: [VIDEO] Paul Krugman’s Big Fix

Blueprint America -- with host David Brancaccio (NOW on PBS) -- interviews economist Paul Krugman on the effect a stimulus in infrastructure spending will have on the American economy.

Dec 31st, 2008
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