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The bump in the road for improvements to infrastructure

Apr 20, 2022
President Biden is traveling the country to promote the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Inflation could derail or delay that spending.
President Biden is on an infrastructure tour of the US, discussing the recent Bipartisan Infrastructure law, but inflation is causing a few roadblocks.
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Biden requires infrastructure bill's materials made in U.S., with exceptions

Apr 18, 2022
U.S. industry doesn't produce enough of the materials, such as steel, to satisfy the need, so this may be more of an aspiration than a policy.
Biden is calling for materials funded by the bipartisan infrastructure bill to be sourced domestically, but that's easier said than done.
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What makes federal infrastructure jobs "good-paying"?

Dec 6, 2021
The idea that federally funded construction projects must pay a minimum "prevailing wage" goes back to a 1931 law.
The Department of Labor is preparing updates to the regulations of federally funded construction jobs. Above, a crew resurfaces a road in Alhambra, California.
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What would a city "designed with care" look like?

Nov 29, 2021
Writer Alexandra Lange says urban architecture and a “Department of Care” could make residents’ needs and culture a priority.
More benches, public restrooms and services for unhoused people could be part of a care-driven approach to designing cities.
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Checking the roads and bridges to grandmother's house

Nov 24, 2021
What will the infrastructure bill do for 60-year-old Putty Hill Avenue Bridge — which supports 17,000 vehicles daily — and similar sites?
Each day, more than 17,000 vehicles use Maryland's 60-year-old Putty Hill Avenue Bridge, which has suffered wear and tear.
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EV charging stations will get a boost from the infrastructure package

Nov 17, 2021
The bill devotes $7.5 billion to Biden's goal — having half a million charging stations nationwide within a decade.
An electric vehicle charging station in Southern California. The Biden administration hopes the nation will have half a million of these facilities by 2030.
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The infrastructure bill is on the president’s desk. What’s in it for rural America?

Nov 15, 2021
Rural states with the most work to do on those fronts — like Alaska, Wyoming, Montana and Vermont — will receive the most funding per capita.
Street lights line an unpaved road in Kivalina, Alaska. Alaska is among the rural states to receive the highest per capita funding from the $1 trillion infrastructure bill.
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So what exactly is in the infrastructure bill?

Nov 8, 2021
And how exactly does it address the biggest challenges facing this economy?
President Joe Biden speaks Saturday, after the House passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill. It invests in climate-friendly transportation and addresses equity for marginalized communities, among other issues.
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When will we see the economic impact of new infrastructure spending?

Nov 8, 2021
There are shorter- and longer-term projects in Biden's $1 trillion plan. State and local governments will influence how it’s spent.
President Biden's $1 trillion plan invests in long-term infrastructure change, although state and local officials will have plenty of say in how the money is spent.
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How much is the U.S. investing in apprenticeship programs?

The infrastructure bill that recently passed in the Senate highlights a disturbing and long-neglected shortage in apprenticeship investments.
While the U.S. invests a lot of money in public higher education, investments in employment training are comparatively slim.
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