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Obama Pitches Corporate Tax to Fix Roads and Bridges

President Obama will propose a one-time tax on foreign profits held by U.S. corporations to pay for an ambitious plan to fix roads and bridges across the country.

The plan is included in the proposed $4 trillion budget that Obama will send to the Republican-held Congress Monday. Like other parts of the budget, it is not likely to pass, but is intended more to frame the debate with Capitol Hill over how to spend taxpayer dollars.

Why should you read this? We kinda need an actual plan guys… Time, February 2015

MWRD, Denmark sign MOU to share knowledge, expertise about water industry

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) recently announced that it has entered into a collaborative agreement under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Aarhus Water, an independent regional water and wastewater enterprise owned by the municipality of Aarhus, Denmark.
The partnership was celebrated during a ceremonial gathering held at the Consulate General of Denmark on Friday, Jan. 16, at the John Hancock Center in Chicago, Ill., where MWRD President Mariyana T. Spyropoulos; Aarhus Water CEO Lars Schrøder; H.E. Peter Taksøe-Jensen, ambassador of Denmark to the U.S.; and other MWRD Commissioners all participated in the MOU signing ceremony.

Why should you read this? Chicago and Denmark? WaterWorld, January 2015

ATA Leaders Express Disappointment in President’s Infrastructure Message

“Just mentioning infrastructure is not a solution to our nation’s critical needs, and by simply bringing the topic up without details President Obama missed an opportunity to underscore the critical role our highway system plays in our economic well being,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Now is the time, with the Highway Trust Fund set to go bankrupt in May, to show vision and leadership and most importantly, find funding, to keep that from happening. The trucking industry calls on the President and Congress to end this unnecessary uncertainty by funding our nation’s infrastructure and passing a new highway bill.”

Why should you read this? The SOTU is a good gauge of sentiment; is it anything more? PRN, January 2014

Gov. Chris Christie met with feds on Bridgegate

Federal investigators are probing why lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge were closed for several days, causing massive traffic jams.
Some of Christie’s aides and allies have been linked to the lane closures, which are alleged to have been arranged as part of an attempt at political retribution.

Why should you read this? To be honest, I’m just tickled that civil infrastructure is getting a political scandal all its own… Politico, January 2015

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