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Using Pension Funds to Build Infrastructure and Put Americans to Work

Infrastructure cover book_alt2 icon Report While pension-fund investments alone will not fill the infrastructure funding gap entirely, pension funds have the assets to contribute a significant share of capital toward rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.

By Donna Cooper and John Craig | Thursday, March 28, 2013

Investing in Our Children

Preschoolers article icon Issue Brief As we continue to combat rising economic inequality, high-quality early childhood investments will help all children realize their full potential and provide enormous long-term benefits to society.

By Cynthia G. Brown, Donna Cooper, Juliana Herman, Melissa Lazarín, Michael Linden, Sasha Post, and Neera Tanden | Thursday, February 7, 2013

Accelerating Infrastructure Improvements with Better Public Policies that Tap Private Investment

Construction workers book_alt2 icon Report Leveraging additional private investment will help close our nation’s infrastructure-funding gap and enable the completion of hundreds of critical projects that will provide substantial economic returns for American taxpayers.

By Donna Cooper, Keith Miller, and John Craig | Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Infographic: Drinking Water and Wastewater by the Numbers

Due to decades of insufficient or misdirected investment, a significant portion of water-distribution and sewer systems are reaching or have already reached the end of their intended operational life and are beginning to fail.

By Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper | Thursday, October 11, 2012

How to Upgrade and Maintain Our Nation’s Wastewater and Drinking-Water Infrastructure

book_alt2 icon Report Many of our drinking-water and clean-water systems have been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair, but a number of common-sense reforms can help address the systems' failures.

By Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper | Thursday, October 11, 2012

The 10 States Most Threatened by High-Hazard, Deficient Dams

Dam burst bars icon Charts Chart shows the 10 states with the most state-regulated, high-hazard dams in need of repair.

By Kristina Costa and Donna Cooper | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ensuring Public Safety by Investing in Our Nation’s Critical Dams and Levees

rebuilt levee book_alt2 icon Report The combination of extreme weather and flooding resulting from global warming and our aging dam and levee infrastructure means that without action, thousands of lives and communities are at risk and avoidable public costs will rise.

By Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Creating a National Infrastructure Bank and Infrastructure Planning Council

A transportation worker creates a dust cloud while cutting concrete book_alt2 icon Report An infrastructure bank and planning council would better organize spending on infrastructure projects, as well as increase public and private investment in those projects.

By Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper | Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Cost of Not Maintaining Levees

Kristina Costa and Donna Cooper consider Hurricane Issac and the cost of not maintaing levees.

By Kristina Costa and Donna Cooper | Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Competition that Really Matters

book_alt2 icon Report Donna Cooper, Adam Hersh, and Ann O'Leary explain why U.S. economic competitiveness depends on the education of the next generation.

By Donna Cooper, Adam Hersh, and Ann O'Leary | Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Infographic: The Competition that Really Matters

bars icon Charts An infographic by Donna Cooper, Adam Hersh, and Ann O'Leary compares U.S., Chinese, and Indian investments in the next generation workforce.

By Donna Cooper, Adam Hersh, and Ann O'Leary | Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Making the Right Choice for Fiscal Stability

Donna Cooper outlines CAP's plan for balancing the budget, growing the economy, and cutting poverty.

By Donna Cooper | Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Getting America’s Freight Back on the Move

book_alt2 icon Report Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper offer recommendations for boosting investment in our economically critical freight infrastructure.

By Keith Miller, Kristina Costa, and Donna Cooper | Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cuts to Mental Health Services Could Lead to More Spree Killings

Donna Cooper argues that drastic cuts to mental health service budgets coupled with lax gun purchase laws increases the likelihood of more rampage shootings.

By Donna Cooper | Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Spree Killings Growing More Frequent and More Deadly

Donna Cooper writes that the pace of mentally ill individuals who commit rampage killings with legally purchased guns is increasing.

By Donna Cooper | Thursday, July 26, 2012