Today’s Headlines

  • Pelosi explains why DeFazio’s Wall Street infrastructure tax is on the table: "The downside is always felt by the worker and the upside is always realized by those who never seem to take a loss …" (HuffPost)
  • … meanwhile, the Speaker also signals openness to the "front-loaded" infrastructure proposal first floated by Durbin (Yglesias)
  • Officials from one California county plan to repeat a D.C. lobbying visit that cost upwards of $20,000 last year — and counted $25 million in federal stimulus money for road widening as its biggest victory (Visalia Times)
  • Pittsburgh housing development gets a $4.4 million green retrofit from the stimulus law (Post-Gazette via Specter Press)
  • Community Development Block Grants are looking like the unsung heroes of the stimulus, creating one job per $7,000 of spending, compared with a $56,000 per-job cost for other programs (The Avenue)
  • Massachusetts has approved $9 million in stimulus money to build a pedestrian bridge from the Patriots football stadium to a planned office complex development that’s now being used for parking (F-boro Reporter)


Could Transportation Spending Become a Core Conservative Value?

Sen. James Inhofe has always said that, although he’s one of the most conservative members of the Senate, he’s a “big spender” on two things: national security and infrastructure. An influential conservative group appears to be humming the same tune. The American Conservative Union is the 50-year-old organization behind the annual Conservative Political Action Conference […]