Philip Howard’s New Book: Try Common Sense

Increasingly, what passes for a national dialogue has devolved into a shouting match between the extreme wings of the major parties. According to an October 2018 study by the international nonprofit More in Common, only 14% of Americans are either hard-left or hard-right, yet those extremes dominate party politics. 

Washington Post Reviews Try Common Sense

Philip K. Howard is the rare lawyer who doesn’t shy from criticizing his profession, and particularly the lawyers who populate the government. He has long argued for a common-sense approach to law to reduce the legal strangehold on American society and shake loose the gridlock in Washington. 

Why Can’t We Get Moving on Infrastructure?

Washington is having a hard time getting its act together on infrastructure. The Trump Administration is strongly promoting the streamlining of permitting – a high priority for Common Good – but their funding plan ($200 billion to support $1.5 trillion) is not realistic, since states can’t fill the gap. 

Opportunities to Simplify Government in the New Year

The new year offers several signs that Common Good’s message of simplifying government will resonate in 2018.

Later this month, the Administration is expected to issue an infrastructure plan, including details on its goal to streamline the federal permitting process to two years.  

A Proposed Bipartisan Deal on Infrastructure

Echoing Common Good, the President announced in his State of the Union that any infrastructure agreement must “streamline the permitting and approval process – getting it down to no more than two years, and perhaps even one.”

This reference to our recommendations is the latest example of the growing influence of our work on the national stage.  

New York Times Writes About Common Good’s Infrastructure Work

In the November 8th, 2017 edition of the New York Times, the lead article in the National section highlighted Common Good’s role in efforts by the Trump Administration and others to streamline infrastructure permitting:

“The centerpiece of Mr.