Infrastructure week is coming soon! No, really, this time we mean it. But Republicans and Democrats remain divided on how much to spend and how to pay for it (NY Times). One idea from progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a wealth tax on households worth more $50 million (Transport Topics).
Damn that parliamentarian … again. This time, $1.4 billion for transit capital projects, including a Bay Area rail extension, have been removed from the COVID relief bill because that damn rulemonger declared them ineligible. (CNN)
The federal government offers a $7,500 tax credit to people who buy electric vehicles — but you have to make at least $66,000 a year to get the full benefit. So, in other words, taxpayers are subsidizing rich people’s purchase of expensive cars. (Grist)
Roundabouts are safer for drivers, but research suggests they’re more dangerous for cyclists. Solutions include larger center islands and separating bikes from cars. (Cycling Tips)
Like Uber, but more expensive: A new ride-hailing startup is looking to disrupt the limo business. (Business Insider)
The safe-streets group Transportation Alternatives imagines what New York City would look like if a quarter of its roads were taken away from cars and turned over to people — a car-free block in front of every school, wider sidewalks, basketball courts, street vendors and the list goes on. (Slate, Streetsblog)
A new survey found that many D.C.-area residents say they’ll continue walking and biking more, and driving and taking transit less, than they did before once the pandemic is over. (Washington Post)
The Baltimore Sun reminds Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan that the city once did have a project like the Purple Line — the Red Line, which he canceled six years ago.
Tuesday night, the Senate blocked a vote on the president’s jobs plan. As had been forecast, Republicans voted unanimously against the plan, and they weren’t alone: Two Democrats joined them – Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Ben Nelson of Nebraska. Now it’s on to Plan B, which involves breaking up the bill into pieces […]
Senate Democrats have an infrastructure "blueprint" of their own, one that's weighted toward transit. The trouble is that Democrats have little power to set terms, and getting drawn into negotiations over an unnecessary infrastructure bill may not play out to their advantage.
Four months ago – just days after the Democrats’ “shellacking” at the polls – a bipartisan commission offered President Obama the chance to retake the budgetary high ground from Republicans, who had positioned themselves as the party of fiscal sanity. The blue-ribbon deficit commission – led by Erskine Bowles, President Bill Clinton’s budget negotiator, and former […]
Chuck Schumer says he will "claw, scrap, and fight with every fiber of my being" to overturn Donald Trump's executive order preventing refugees and residents of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country. If that's the case, Schumer should abandon his strategy of dealmaking with Trump on a big infrastructure bill.
With the FY2011 budget finally settled, it’s time for Washington to start fighting over 2012. President Obama released his 2012 budget proposal in February. The Republicans introduced theirs last week. And the House Democrats have just released theirs [PDF]. Meanwhile, President Obama is giving a speech in just a few hours on his plan to […]
President Obama has proposed a plan to pay for the American Jobs Act, the $447 billion bill to create 1.9 million jobs, including $50 billion for infrastructure. His “pay-for” plan includes limitations on itemized deductions for the wealthy and the elimination of some tax loopholes for oil and gas companies. Republicans have a different idea, […]