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Tag Archives: Federal Policy

June 1, 2017
Trump’s Devastating Deal for Distressed Communities
American Progress

The broken promises in President Donald Trump’s budget, announced last week, seem to have no bounds, with cuts from Social Security to Meals on Wheels. Ultimately, his scorched-earth vision is wrong for so many Americans on so many levels.

May 30, 2017
Trump Plans To Minimize Civil Rights Efforts in Agencies
Washington Post

Since the civil rights movement, the Labor Department’s compliance office has had the big job of auditing government contractors to ensure they’re taking steps to promote diversity and not discriminate. Now the Trump administration is proposing to disband it.

May 25, 2017
Jerry Brown’s New Optimism For Trump, Climate Change
Governing Magazine

Governor Jerry Brown reiterated criticism of Trump, who has called climate change a hoax. However, he also expressed optimism that the president would come around on the issue, in part because China and other world powers were forging ahead.

May 24, 2017
Trump Advisors Call for Privatizing Public Assets
Washington Post

The Trump administration, determined to overhaul and modernize the nation’s infrastructure, is drafting plans to privatize some public assets such as airports, bridges, highway rest stops and other facilities, according to top officials and advisers.

Rebuilding American Infrastructure
American Affairs Journal

When Donald Trump chose “Make America Great Again” as his campaign slogan, he put words to something Americans had increasingly come to see and feel. For many people, their personal lives and communities were no longer as great as they used to be, and they were looking for someone to set things right.

May 23, 2017
In Reversal, Feds to Approve Caltrain Grant
San Jose Mercury News

In a stunning reversal, the Federal Transit Administration said Monday that it will approve a $647 million grant to electrify Caltrain tracks, nearly doubling capacity on the overburdened San Jose to San Francisco commute route.

In Retreat, Sessions Backs of Some Sanctuary City Bluster
Los Angeles Times

In an apparent retreat on the war against cities and counties that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement, the Trump administration has settled on a narrow definition of what it means to be a “sanctuary city,” and limited the potential financial consequences for state and local governments.

May 21, 2017
HUD Budget Slashes Housing Programs
Politico Magazine

President Donald Trump’s administration will seek to slash spending on affordable housing and community development programs, a plan that housing advocates condemned as “immoral” and a blow to voters who sent him to the White House.

Administration Delays Highway GHG Measurements
The Hill

The Trump administration is delaying enforcement of an Obama administration regulation that would have required state and local officials to measure greenhouse gas emissions related to the use of specific highways.

May 19, 2017
Senators Unveil Infrastructure Proposal
The Hill

A bipartisan group of senators is moving ahead with their own infrastructure spending bill as Congress awaits details from the White House about President Trump’s rebuilding proposal.

May 15, 2017
New Top Level Spots for DOT
The Hill

The Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to create new top-level roles and reshuffle other positions in order to put more muscle behind two of President Trump’s priorities: infrastructure investment and modernizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

May 10, 2017
How Trump Threatens The 2020 Census

It’s three years away and still a year from its scheduled dress rehearsal, but nervous observers are already asking: What happens to the 2020 U.S. census under President Donald Trump?

Mississippi River Cities Urge Fed To Take Climate Action
MPR News

St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman and his fellow Mississippi River mayors are urging President Trump to reconsider pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, saying it would be bad for their cities’ economies.

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April 6, 2017
Transcript: Trump Talks Infrastructure w NYT
New York Times

The following is a partial transcript of President Trump’s interview with The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush. It has been lightly edited for content and clarity, and omits several off-the-record comments and asides.

April 3, 2017
The Dark Side Of Cities
The Week

Cities dominate American society like never before because of what they did right, urban promoters say. But actually, cities succeeded because of what the country did wrong.

February 20, 2017
December 19, 2016
The Right Way to Build Infrastructure
Harvard Business Review

Following the election of Donald Trump, spending on American infrastructure appears to be one area where Democrats and Republicans can agree—at least in principle.

December 15, 2016
Tax Changes Could Hurt Madison’s Housing Initiatives
Wisconsin State Journal

The prospect of major corporate tax cuts in a Trump administration is creating instability in federal tax credit markets and jeopardizing city, state and national efforts to create housing for the homeless and those with low incomes, city officials say.

December 12, 2016
White House Releases 2050 Decarbonization Strategy

The strategy lays out a grand vision for decarbonizing the nation by 2050. It is totally doable too, if anyone cared to actually do it. The White House has created a well thought out road map, a coherent vision for a low carbon future; too bad it disappears on January 21st.


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