Newsletter: Getting Serious About Infrastructure

(May 20, 2019) Brief rays of bipartisanship provide hope to the possibility of fixing America’s decrepit infrastructure. But conservative leaders call for streamlining red tape, and also resist raising the gas tax to help pay for it.

In an op-ed in The Hill, Philip Howard proposes a three-part package to address concerns of both sides—clear lines of authority to give permits in 1-2 years; a National Infrastructure Board to avoid pork barrel projects and wasteful giveaways; and a funding plan where half comes from new user taxes and half from cutting obsolete subsidies.

In the News:

  • In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Purdue President and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels proposed an innovative infrastructure project—“A Genuine Big Idea That Could Fix the Border Problem”—and called for adoption of “some of the breakthrough regulatory reforms championed by thinkers such as lawyer and author Philip K. Howard.”
  • An editorial in The Oklahoman cites Philip in advocating “An Infrastructure Winner: Cut Red Tape.”
  • Steve Forbes cites Philip and the need to reduce excessive regulation in a commentary in Forbes titled “Capitalism Will Save UsIf Only We Let It.”
  • The Associated Press and the University of Chicago released a survey revealing that more than half of Americans want major changes to the system of government, and nearly 1 in 10 want a complete overhaul.

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