Years After Fatal Bridge Collapse, A Lack of Investment in Infrastructure

Investment in bridges continues to fall well short of needs, despite widespread agreement that our national bridge infrastructure is failing and in desperate need of attention. Unfortunately, the problem is often ignored until it is already too late, putting lives at risk and ultimately costing more money in the long run because of the economic costs of decaying infrastructure.

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Reimagining Government: Protecting Homeless Citizens from Severe Weather

During the recent bitter cold snap that gripped much of the country, civic leaders in Washington D.C.'s Department of Human Services extended the hours at existing homeless shelters, opened additional warming stations, and then got creative. The department partnered with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to borrow Metro buses to use as mobile warming shelters.

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New Senate Report Shows Credit Suisse Aiding Tax Evasion, Draws Bipartisan Anger

Partisanship was noticably absent from last week‘s Senate hearing on efforts by a Swiss bank to profit by aiding U.S. tax evasion. Senators from both sides of the aisle were united in condemning the actions of executives from Credit Suisse. 

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Oscar Winners: “We’d Like to Thank the Taxpayers”

Making movies costs a lot of money, but the average taxpayer, while tuning into the Oscars, isn’t likely to expect a thank you. Imagine how that would sound:

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Emergency Unemployment Benefits Are Not Forgotten

As politicians have shifted their focus to a discussion of minimum wage this spring, addressing the December expiration of emergency unemployment benefits, retroactively, appeared increasingly difficult. However, the Senate now appears ready to raise the issue, again, nearly two months after the emergency benefits expired.

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Boeing CEO Made More than President and 132 Other Top Federal Officials COMBINED

Last week, we wrote a blog post highlighting the fact that last year, Boeing paid no federal corporate income taxes despite benefiting from more than $20 billion in taxpayer-funded contracts.  In the post, we mentioned that Boeing CEO W. James McNerney, Jr. took home $27,484,138 in pay in 2012, the most recent year for which pay data was available.

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Is the Federal Government Failing to Save $67 Billion? Congress Should Look in the Mirror

Many members of Congress have taken to social media this week pushing a stat that says the federal government is failing to implement some 17,000 recommendations from inspectors general that could - in total - save an estimated $67 billion a year. The stat is based on a report issued by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last March.

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Q & A With Thomas Hungerford: Why a Corporate Tax Holiday Is a Bad Way to Fund Infrastructure

Legislation that would fund infrastructure projects through a controversial way of generating revenue is being considered in Congress and has picked up a substantial amount of bipartisan support. While expanding investments in infrastructure is popular with many as a way to meet pressing national needs and create jobs, why is the legislation so controversial?

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Environmental Disasters, Tax Avoidance, and Public Safety

On Jan. 9, 300,000 residents of the Charleston, West Virginia metro area awoke to news that their drinking water had been contaminated when 10,000 gallons of toxic 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) spilled from the storage tanks of Freedom Industries into the Elk River. The toxicity of MCHM, an additive that helps remove impurities from coal, has not been well studied but is known to cause dizziness, vomiting, and rashes, among other things.

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Privatized Government Services Lead to Millions for Corporate CEOs

State and local governments around the country have sold off functions that once were provided largely, if not entirely, by government workers. But it is becoming increasingly clear that that these privatization deals not only reduce democratic control over services the public pays for, but, despite attacks on the public sector, outsourcing is often more expensive to boot.

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