Two Years, Not Ten Years: Redesigning Infrastructure Approvals


(September 2015) Rebuilding America’s decrepit infrastructure requires a new permitting system. We propose a dramatic reduction of red tape so that infrastructure can be approved in two years or less, not, often, ten years. This can be accomplished by consolidating …

Proposed Legislative Language: Accelerate Infrastructure Permitting


(March 2017) Permitting for infrastructure projects can take a decade or more. To eliminate unnecessary delays, we must give officials authority to enforce deadlines and resolve lawsuits in expedited proceedings. To accomplish these goals, we recommend amending the FAST Act …

Common Good Updates the Cost of US Infrastructure Delays


(May 2018) In 2015, Common Good published a report, “Two Years, Not Ten Years,” which concluded that delays associated with infrastructure permitting in the United States impose costs that are comparable to those required to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure. As …

The New York Scaffold Law: An Obsolete, Inequitable Law


(October 2017) For too long, New Yorkers have lived with the unintended consequences of New York’s Labor Law §240, a 19th-century statute commonly called the “Scaffold Law”: enormous legal settlements, prohibitive insurance rates, and, as a result, materially higher costs …

Democracy For An Age of Distrust


(November 16, 2016) Americans now have a historic opportunity to reimagine government. The key is to abandon the centralized operating philosophy which, in thousand-page rulebooks, purports to tell everybody how to do everything.…