Congress is considering an idea that Philip Howard advocated a year ago in an op-ed in The Daily Beast – moving federal agencies out of Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
Common Good and the Progressive Policy Institute hosted an event on November 16, 2017 aimed at rekindling a sense of urgency around modernizing America’s deteriorating infrastructure.
UPDATE: The Washington Post wrote about Common Good’s Scaffold Law report on Thursday. Read their article here.
ORIGINAL POST: Obsolete laws hamstring productivity and waste billions.
Today, Common Good released an analysis of New York’s obsolete, 19th-century Scaffold Law, which finds that it could add up to $300 million needlessly to the cost of the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), at the behest of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio, recently released a memorandum critiquing Common Good’s white paper, “Two Years, Not Ten Years: Redesigning Infrastructure Approvals,” that was published in 2015.
UPDATE: Inc. magazine’s Leigh Buchanan reports on Philip’s testimony and his three-step plan for streamlining small business regulation. Read her piece – “When It Comes to Regulations, the Deck Is Stacked Against Small Businesses” – here.
While it’s no surprise that most Americans (83%) are fed up with Washington, a new nationwide poll commissioned by Common Good also finds bipartisan support for the simpler and more flexible government structures we have proposed.
This weekend, Washington Post Columnist George Will weighed in on CAP’s critique of Common Good’s “Two Years, Not Ten Years” report:
Twenty months after Howard published his article, the response by the Center for American Progress (CAP) shows how far we have defined efficiency down: It celebrates the fact that federal environmental statements average only 4.6 years.
Common Good today released a three-minute animated video explaining why Congress needs to streamline the approval process for infrastructure projects. America has an infrastructure backlog totaling more than $4 trillion, in part because the current permitting process is so ludicrous.
Following his participation in the Trump Administration’s Strategic and Policy Forum, Philip Howard was interviewed by the Guardian newspaper about a possible way forward to fix America’s broken infrastructure – both in terms of funding and streamlining the permitting process:
Philip Howard, a lawyer and advocate of “government simplification”, took part in a break-out session with Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary; Bayo Ogunlesi, chairman of Global Infrastructure Partners; and Matt Rose, executive chairman of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway, which then reported back to Trump.