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  • I-73: One giant step forward, same old error

    08/19/2017 10:50:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Nerve ^ | June 29, 2017 | Robert Meyerowitz
    When it comes to spending and infrastructure, one of South Carolina’s great white whales rose from the deep with news last week that the Army Corps of Engineers approved a permit to begin work on the South Carolina leg of I-73. Ultimately, the interstate highway could take motorists from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula straight down to Myrtle Beach.The permit covers the whole state length, slicing across its northeastern corner, starting near Bennettsville. Construction could begin within two years, supporters say, on a project first contemplated in 1982.The southern half alone, linking I-95 to the Conway Bypass, is estimated to cost more...
  • Poll: Majority Of Americans Support Infrastructure Spending

    08/15/2017 8:56:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    cbs2la ^ | August 15, 2017 8:47 PM
    If Washington decides to focus on infrastructure there will be a key constituency supportive of the effort the American people. ... The support for infrastructure spending to boost the economy includes 86 percent of urban Americans and 89 percent of rural Americans. There is also agreement in both urban and rural communities that infrastructure investments will increase jobs and improve quality of life.
  • 3 government 'solutions' that have failed miserably

    08/12/2017 12:19:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    WND ^ | July 17, 2017 | Rita Dunaway
    In their passion to achieve a government-crafted utopia, the liberal/progressive movement often does more harm than good. This is because their tool of choice the government can only apply superficial solutions that come with harmful side effects. Efforts to correct income inequality and fight poverty through government entitlement programs are a prime example. As columnist George Will recently asked and answered, [W]hat if large causes of poverty are not matters of material distribution but are behavioral bad choices and the cultures that produce them? If so, policymakers must rethink their confidence in social salvation through economic abundance....
  • Feds Spend $300,000 for Dialogues About Water

    08/05/2017 10:36:30 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 13 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 08/05/2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    New NEH grants include $30,000 for the 'oral histories' of LGBTQ community in Idaho! The National Endowment for the Humanities' list of taxpayer-funded projects includes $300,000 for conversations about water, $75,000 for a database of podcasts, and $30,000 for oral histories of lesbian and gay Idahoans. The NEH released its list of its first projects under the Trump administration this week. Jon Peede, the acting chairman of the NEH and Trump appointee, has discretion for signing off on every grant award. The $39.3 million list of projects comes after the president sought the elimination of the agency, as well as...
  • House Republicans weigh massive partisan spending bill

    07/14/2017 3:40:52 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/14/2017 | By Rachael Bade , Sarah Ferris and Jennifer Scholtes
    GOP leaders plan to whip lawmakers on whether they'd back a conservative, $1 trillion government funding bill. House GOP leaders will decide next week whether to brave an ugly floor fight over a massive GOP spending bill a proposal applauded by some rank-and-file Republicans but that risks embarrassment if it fails. In a closed-door GOP conference meeting Friday morning, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said all 12 appropriations bills will be finished in committee by the end of next week. Starting Monday, leadership will begin a tentative whip count on whether lawmakers would vote for a package before the...
  • CBO: Treasury to run out of cash in next 3 days, leading to default or delay in payments.

    06/30/2017 2:11:36 AM PDT · by gattaca · 39 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Jun e30, 2017 | Ali Meyer
    The amount of money the government spends on programs and the amount it collects in taxes could change from the budget office projections, so the office warns that the Treasury could run out of funds even earlier. Currently, the federal deficit stands at $693 billion, which is an increase of $134 billion than what it projected in January. The federal government has an outstanding debt of $19.8 trillion, which includes $14.3 trillion in public debt and $5.5 trillion held by government accounts. Spending on major government programs such as Social Security and Medicare causes the amount of borrowing to increase....
  • World Offers Cautionary Tale for Trumps Infrastructure Plan

    06/26/2017 11:14:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 16, 2017 | Peter S. Goodman
    LONDON The rest of the planet bears a warning for President Trumps plan to lean heavily on private business in conjuring a trillion dollars worth of American infrastructure: Handing profit-making companies responsibility for public works can produce trouble. In India, politically connected firms have captured contracts on the strength of relationships with officialdom, yielding defective engineering at bloated prices. When Britain handed control to private companies to upgrade Londons subway system more than a decade ago, the result was substandard, budget-busting work, prompting the government to step back in. Canada has suffered a string of excessive costs on public...
  • Illinois budget crisis could shut down Aurora-area road projects

    06/25/2017 11:25:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 23, 2017 | Steve Lord, Rafael Guerrero and Gloria Casas (Aurora Beacon-News)
    It's possible Illinois is about to come down with a statewide case of Seasonal Affected Disorder. The season is construction, which an old joke says is one of two in Illinois. The disorder is the continuing one in Springfield, where the ongoing budget crisis is about to shut down road projects during the height of that season. And the affected are everyone from officials who work to put needed projects together, to the drivers who have to negotiate construction zones and torn up streets. In Aurora, workers last week got the barriers and cones out to reduce Farnsworth Avenue, near...
  • The infrastructure myth

    06/21/2017 9:49:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Lagniappe Weekly ^ | June 21, 2017 | Jeff Poor
    Throughout the 2016 campaign and into the early stages of his presidency, Donald Trump vowed to make infrastructure improvements around the country. The promise was all part of his brand of populism spend more money domestically and less abroad. America first. We need members of both parties to join hands and work with us to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to build new roads and bridges and airports and tunnels and highways and railways all across our great nation, Trump pledged at a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida, earlier this year. Given Trumps Russia investigation toxicity, it will...
  • [Illinois State] Comptroller Mendoza Reaches Out to State Leadership (We're broke and going down!)

    06/21/2017 3:42:57 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Illinois State Comptroller ^ | June 20, 2017 | Susana A. Mendoza
    OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER FORECASTS SEVERE FINANCIAL STRAIN BEGINNING IN JULY As Illinois' Chief Fiscal and Accountability Officer, my Office is responsible for managing the state's financial accounts as well as providing the public and the state's elected leadership with objective and timely data concerning the states difficult fiscal condition. As you are quite aware, I have been very vocal regarding these issues and the budgetary impasse since assuming office six months ago; however we are now reaching a new phase of crisis. Accordingly, I must communicate to you at this time the full extent of our dire fiscal straits...
  • Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure promise has an obstacle: His own budget cuts

    06/16/2017 5:52:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WZVN ABC 7 ^ | June 9, 2017 | Patrick Gillespie
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- President Trump says he's creating a $1 trillion plan to rebuild America's roads, bridges and runways. "We will create the first class infrastructure our country and our people deserve," Trump said Wednesday in Cincinnati. "It's time to rebuild our country to bring back our jobs." Trump has dubbed this week as "infrastructure week." But an analysis of the Trump budget finds that it cuts infrastructure spending overall by $55 billion, according to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Budget Model, a non-partisan research organization. (Coincidentally, Trump graduated from the Wharton School in 1968). Over 10 years, Trump's...
  • Journal Times editorial: The time for toll roads has arrived in Wisconsin

    06/15/2017 10:10:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Journal Times ^ | May 30, 2017 | The Journal Times Editorial Board
    Now that the long Memorial Day holiday is over and legislators and the governor have returned from their road trips, we hope they have a better sense of the condition of highways around the state and a renewed sense of urgency on the need for upgrades and repairs. The first order of business, it would seem to us, is to come to some agreement on a state transportation budget for the next two years. Hopefully, hopefully, when that is done they will also take a longer-term view of Wisconsins highway construction needs and how best they should be met ...
  • Trump infrastructure push faces cold shoulder from Congress

    06/15/2017 5:41:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WXOW News 19 ^ | June 6, 2017 | Erica Werner (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Repairing the nation's crumbling roads and bridges was supposed to be an area ripe for bipartisan compromise between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump. Instead, Democrats are panning Trump's proposed $1 trillion overhaul and even Republicans are balking at some aspects of the emerging plan. The White House's self-proclaimed "Infrastructure Week" began with Trump appearing Monday with aviation officials and some prominent GOP lawmakers to announce plans to privatize the nation's air traffic control system and separate operations from the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Tolls, private financing obstacles to Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan

    06/12/2017 8:16:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Huntsville Item ^ | June 10, 2017 | Kery Murakami CNHI Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON President Donald Trumps grand plan to spend $1 trillion over the next 10 years on highways and other infrastructure improvements faces a formidable roadblock in Congress and state legislatures. Theres agreement the investment is badly needed to improve the nations sagging infrastructure but how to cover the huge expense is the point of tension. Trump would use $200 billion in public funds to generate $800 billion in private money under a partnership program that would finance government bonds and also return a profit to private companies through interstate tolls and other user fees. To do that, Congress would...
  • A Constitutional Budget

    05/08/2017 8:22:56 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/08/17 | Greg Penglis
    How much a Constitutional Budget would cost? During this entire budgeting and continuing resolution process, there are two words that will never be put together. They are constitutional, and budget. Why? Because no one in Washington wants to be restrained by the Constitution when it comes to getting money, spending money, and especially spending money they dont have. Which is why we are some $20 trillion in for the National Debt. But it never had to be this way. Its one thing to talk about the Constitution. Its quite another to actually live by it. The Supreme Court doesnt. They...
  • Trump signs spending bill, averting government shutdown

    05/05/2017 12:19:18 PM PDT · by TexasGunLover · 76 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/05/2017 | Roberta Rampton
    President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $1.2 trillion spending bill approved by Congress, averting a government shutdown that would have begun at midnight. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, speaking to reporters at a regular media briefing, confirmed the president had signed the bill.
  • 10 Things The GOP Will Pass In Pork-Filled Budget Deal

    05/03/2017 7:40:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    MRC TV ^ | May 3, 2017 | P. Gardner Goldsmith
    Congratulations! The GOP holds the House, the Senate, and the White House, and, in addition to not abiding by the Constitution and repealing all of the so-called “Affordable Care Act,” they are set to pass a budget that not only hands the Dems pretty much everything they want, it also funds so many obviously crazy things that it would be virtually impossible to defend. Take a deep breath, and let’s dive into the swamp! The GOP budget does not cut taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, which comprises 40% of that organization’s income. Rather than mention that there’s nothing in the Constitution that...
  • Government-wide spending bill headed for a House vote

    05/03/2017 1:22:43 PM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 May 2017 | Andrew Taylor
    A government-wide spending bill that President Donald Trump seemed to criticize Tuesday morning but now calls "a clear win for the American people" is headed for a House vote. The House is scheduled to vote on the bipartisan $1.1 trillion measure Wednesday afternoon. It is a product of weeks of Capitol Hill negotiations in which top Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi successfully blocked Trump's most controversial proposals, including a down payment on the oft-promised Trump Mexico border wall, cuts to popular domestic programs, and new punishments for so-called sanctuary cities.
  • How Did We Get to $20 Trillion? Here's What the Numbers Show.

    05/03/2017 6:47:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Medium ^ | 05/03/2017 | Jonathan Bydlak, President of the Coalition to Reduce Spending. SpendingTracker.org
    In survey after survey, most Americans tell pollsters they want politicians to address the national debt. Support for specific policies may ebb and flow over time, but what rarely changes are the promises politicians make and break in response. Image via Musée McCordAlmost all politicians pledge to spend responsibly while on the stump, but once they’re in office, voters are at the mercy of a system so complex and crisis-driven it becomes all but impossible to know who’s keeping their word.So who is?As only someone who founded and runs an organization dedicated to reforming federal spending can tell you, understanding...
  • Who should pick road projects? MnDOT, lawmakers clash over earmarks

    05/02/2017 11:52:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | April 10, 2017 | David Montgomery
    As Minnesota leaders debate how much new money to put toward the states roads, theyre also fighting about a related issue: who should choose which roads get attention? Ordinarily, the Legislature appropriates money for roads and bridges, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation decides how to spend the money. But bills in the Legislature this year take a different path: they order the MnDOT to do specific road projects. Its a process called earmarking, and it could spark a showdown over road funding between the Republican-controlled Legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. Behind the feud are bad feelings from some...