Infrastructure

Government

Illinois Gov. Pritzker Announces $250 Million for Local Transportation

Rebuild Illinois logo Eyewitness News WTVO WQRF via YouTube

Funds from Rebuild Illinois infrastructure initiative will benefit counties, municipalities and townships.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 16, 2021
Government, Business

Biden Eyes Major Tax Hike to Fund Next Economic Plan, Including Infrastructure

President Joe Biden by Jim Lo Scalzo/Bloomberg News President Biden wants to use tax hikes to address what Democrats argue are inequities in the tax system itself. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden is planning the first major federal tax hike since 1993 to help pay for the long-term economic program designed as a follow-up to his pandemic-relief bill, according to people familiar with the matter.

Nancy Cook and Laura Davison | Bloomberg News
March 15, 2021
Government, Business

Pelosi Pledges Swift Work on Major Infrastructure Package

Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks from the House floor during the vote on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill on March 10. (Alex Brandon/AP)

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on March 14 pledged swift work by Congress on a job and infrastructure package that will be “fiscally sound,” but said she isn’t sure whether the next major item on President Joe Biden’s agenda will attract Republican backing.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
March 15, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Biden Is Betting His Whole Climate Agenda on Infrastructure

President Joe Biden President Biden and Democrats plan to load their low-carbon energy policy into an infrastructure bill. (Doug Mills/New York Times via Bloomberg News)

Candidate Joe Biden rode into the White House promising to build back the economy after the devastation of COVID-19 with cleaner energy and a lower carbon footprint. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that President Biden signed into law March 11, however, does little in the way of fulfilling that pledge.

March 11, 2021
Government, Business

Congressional Earmarks Can Be Tool for Advancing Infrastructure Bill, Stakeholders Say

Excavator in North Dakota A track excavator loads rocks for road construction and drainage outside Williston, N.D. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Freight transportation stakeholders said they’d welcome revival of the long-dormant congressional earmark process as part of comprehensive infrastructure legislation later this year.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 11, 2021
Government

Sen. Tom Carper: Climate Change at Heart of Infrastructure Debate

Sen. Tom Carper “A future of more suffering from climate change is not written in stone," says EPW Chairman Tom Carper. (Senate Environment & Public Works Committee via YouTube)

Severe-weather events that immobilize communities and cut off access to energy resources reinforce the need to boost programs designed to address climate change, the leader of the Senate’s transportation committee said.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 10, 2021
Government, Business

Infrastructure Bill Could Pass Committee in May, Carper Says

Delaware Sen. Tom Carper Delaware Sen. Tom Carper chairs the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee. (Leigh Vogel/UPI via Bloomberg News)

The centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s massive transportation infrastructure package could move through a key Senate committee by the end of May, according to Sen. Tom Carper.

Laura Litvan | Bloomberg News
March 10, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Biden Executive Order Calls on Agencies to Prioritize 'Environmental Justice'

Biden Biden speaks at a recent press conference. (Shaw Thew/EPA/Bloomberg News)

A sweeping executive order from President Joe Biden calls for a review of all Trump-era environmental regulations with a focus on the issue of “environmental justice,” an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions in low-income and minority communities across the United States that, in many cases, are located near where heavy trucks operate.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 9, 2021
Government, Business

White House Hasn’t Ruled Out Democrat-Only Infrastructure Plan

President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the White House on March 8. (Kevin Dietsch/Bloomberg News) President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the White House on March 8. (Kevin Dietsch/Bloomberg News)

White House Senior Adviser Cedric Richmond left open the possibility that the Biden administration could seek passage of an infrastructure plan with only Democratic votes after the president drew criticism for a $1.9 trillion virus relief package that’s poised to pass along partisan lines.

Mario Parker | Bloomberg News
March 9, 2021
Government

Senate Panel to Examine Climate Change Concerns

Worker surveys mended water pipe in Austin, Texas A City of Austin, Texas, worker on Feb. 18 surveys a mended water pipe that had frozen. (Thomas Ryan Allison/Bloomberg News)

The committee in the U.S. Senate with jurisdiction over the country’s highway policy is scheduled to hear from stakeholders about efforts to respond to climate change concerns.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 9, 2021

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