Today’s Headlines

  • Harvard economist Ed Glaeser takes a look at the sprawl-inducing home buyer’s tax credit, a policy only "a real estate agent could love" (NYT Blog)
  • Confirmation of what you heard here last month: The No. 2 Senate Democrat thinks a gas tax needs to be on the table to fund a transportation bill next year (Dow Jones)
  • An in-depth look at the serious challenges facing American high-speed rail (Wilson Quarterly)
  • Aw, Senate environment committee chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and senior Republican Jim Inhofe (OK) are really close friends … (Politico)
  • Federal transit regulators give final approval to new transit lines in Denver (Denver Biz Jrnl)
  • Seattle NIMBYs take aim at high-speed rail plan (News-Trib)

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