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thumbnail image of the resource cover 2017-02-24February 2017 Jobs & Equity in the Urban Forest
A new report by Ecotrust and PolicyLink shows economic and social benefit of increasing equity in the growing green infrastructure industry. With 80% of the U.S. population currently living in urban areas, city governments all over the country are increasing their investments in green infrastructure—the street trees, rain gardens, bioswales, planters, green roofs, parkland, and restored open space—that improves residents’ health and quality of life, manages stormwater, and removes greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Despite these increased investments, the benefits of green infrastructure remain inequitably distributed. Low-income communities and communities of color tend to receive less than an equal share of green infrastructure investments, and as a result live in areas with fewer trees and parks, more paved surfaces, and lower air and water quality. In addition, these communities tend to suffer from higher rates of respiratory illness, lower rates of physical activity, and higher levels of stress and long-term unemployment. Is it possible to remedy this green infrastructure gap while also creating much-needed employment in these communities?
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Author: Ecotrust and PolicyLink
thumbnail image of the resource cover 2017-01-15January 15 2017 Evaluating the Economic Impact of Additional Government Infrastructure Spending - Tax Foundation
Republicans and Democrats seem to agree that the country needs increased spending on infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and buildings. Congress seems ready to increase federal outlays either to repair existing, decaying assets, or to add infrastructure, as a means of increasing the efficiency and size of the economy and boosting wages. Some such activity, especially to maintain the existing stock, may be called for. President-elect Trump has suggested $550 billion in additional government infrastructure spending over ten years, with additional guarantees for private sector infrastructure investment. We demonstrate that infrastructure spending would, by itself, raise productive capacity by only a modest amount. Furthermore, its net contribution to the GDP over time—positive or negative—would depend heavily on how it is paid for, and what other types of economic activity (consumption or private investment) it might either spur or crowd out. In particular, it should not be allowed to substitute for, or block action on, policy changes to boost private capital formation and wage growth. This paper attempts to quantify some of the economic effects of infrastructure spending assuming various funding options using the Tax Foundation Taxes and Growth Model (TAG).
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Author: The Tax Foundation
thumbnail image of the resource cover 2016-05-01May 2016 One Oregon: A Vision for Oregon's Transportation System
The purpose of this report is to give policymakers at all levels an overarching view of the transportation needs in Oregon, as articulated by the Transportation Vision Panel, a group of civic and business leaders, stakeholders, and community members from across the state. It focuses on needs in all regions and across all modes. This report is not an operational plan or a specific funding package, nor is it prescriptive. Instead, it outlines the challenges and opportunities facing Oregon’s transportation system, identifies key priorities for action, and provides a menu of short-term needs and long-term goals on transportation investments for consideration by policymakers at all levels.
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Author: Governor's Transportation Vision Panel
thumbnail image of the resource cover 2015-10-01October 2015 National Freight Strategic Plan (Draft)
Congressionally-mandated description of the freight transportation system and future demands on it; identify major corridors and gateways; assess physical, institutional, and financial barriers to improvement; and specify best practices for enhancing the system.
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Author: U.S. Department of Transportation
thumbnail image of the resource cover 2015-04-01April 2015 Port Surface Transportation Infrastructure Survey: The State of Freight
A survey of the state of seaport infrastructure throughout Canada, Latin America and the U.S.
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Author: American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)