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Let It Flow Article
Funding model and investment strategy innovations pioneered by New York  and Connecticut provide a roadmap for the country as it faces a critical  and growing safe drinking water and wastewater infrastructure funding  gap. (iStockphoto)

Let It Flow

Donna Cooper and Jordan Eizenga urge policymakers to encourage other states to follow New York’s lead in applying modern portfolio management strategies to their revolving loan funds—which could mean more badly needed water infrastructure improvements.

Donna Cooper, Jordan Eizenga

Don’t Let Freight Economy Run off the Rails Article
The $265 billion freight rail industry is a particularly smart choice for public investment in a period of tight budgets because it can turn small public investments into major economic gains. (AP/Reed Saxon)

Don’t Let Freight Economy Run off the Rails

Julia Kantor and Donna Cooper urge Washington policymakers to support a strong American industry where small public investments become major economic gains.

Julia Kantor, Donna Cooper

Buy America Works Article

Buy America Works

Sam Ungar and Donna Cooper explore how a new website used by the highway agency makes it easier to ensure that recovery funds flow almost entirely to American companies and workers—and urge other Department of Transportation offices to follow the FHWA’s lead.

Sam Ungar, Donna Cooper

Employment Weakness Calls for Stronger Transportation Bill Article
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) argued that the EU ETS aviation program “is a clear violation of international law that puts U.S. air carriers at a competitive disadvantage, kills U.S. aviation jobs, and may lead to a trade war.” Clearly, though, any form of compliance with this bill will put U.S. air carriers at a competitive disadvantage and potentially destroy thousands of jobs in the airline industry. (AP/Lawrence Jackson)

Employment Weakness Calls for Stronger Transportation Bill

Donna Cooper explains how a current proposal to reduce federal spending on badly needed roads improvement will also be a drag on employment—at the worst possible time.

Donna Cooper

The Justice Gap Report
Hilda Garcia, right, and Marcial Guardado wait to finalize filling their divorce papers at a free divorce workshop at the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Resource Center for Self-Represented Litigants. More people are opting to represent themselves in civil court matters because they don't have the money to afford an attorney. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

The Justice Gap

Congress should help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Legal Services Corporation to better serve civil legal aid programs.

Alan Houseman

When Second Best Is the Best We Can Do Report
Informational pamphlets are posted at the Los Angeles County Superior Court Resource Center for Self-Represented Litigants at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

When Second Best Is the Best We Can Do

We must keep pressing for more lawyers while doing everything we can to make the courts less impenetrable for people who struggle to use them without legal representation.

Peter Edelman

Grounds for Objection Report
People gather at the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Resource Center for Self-represented Litigants at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. More people are opting to represent themselves in civil court matters because they don't have the money to afford an attorney. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

Grounds for Objection

A significant number of people are unable to afford legal assistance, a serious problem for both litigants and courts, writes Joy Moses.

Joy Moses

Payment Police 2.0 Report
The design of the Medicare and Medicaid programs encourages improper payments and impedes detection and recoupment of these payments. We need to address these shortcomings. Billions of taxpayer dollars are at stake. (iStockphoto/Andre Blais)

Payment Police 2.0

Marsha Simon outlines how to save billions by addressing improper Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Marsha Simon

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