Joint Session Of Congress Tallies Electoral Votes

Issue / Governance

Governance is at the core of any transportation issue. Public agencies are the machinery that enables the economy to function, compete effectively for employers and labor, and foster innovation. The ability of agencies to respond to changing and expanding demands varies across the country, shaped to a large extent by individual governance and organizational structures. Governance determines who makes decisions about capital and operating plans and sets out a process for how those decisions are made. Each type of governance structure has its own implications for funding, equitable and effective service patterns, and economic growth.

1993 Robert Rubin Memo to President Clinton on Energy Taxes

May 1, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is a memo sent to President Clinton on February 5, 1993 by his chief economic...

House’s FY 2016 USDOT Appropriations Bill Cuts Discretionary Spending, Freezes Major HTF Accounts; Bans Some Cuba Travel

April 28, 2015 The House Appropriations Committee released the full text of the proposed Transportation-Housing appropriations bill...

Talking Transportation Dollars and Sense: The Future of Funding

Nossaman transportation policy expert Edward Kussy and rail veteran Kevin Sheys assess the relative merits of the federal...

Virginia’s Commitment to Transit Funding Creates a Wealth of New Projects Benefiting the Commonwealth

Virginia has a long history of commitment to mass transit. The Washington, D.C. region's Metro system, the result of a 1967 interstate...

We Must Have Stable, Predictable Funding for the National Airspace System

The current funding uncertainty for our nation’s air traffic control system is unacceptable. As a result, NATCA is advocating for...

1982 White House Federalism Initiative – Jan. 25 Draft

April 16, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is the internal White House summary of President Reagan’s “New Federalism...

Infrastructure 2: Congress and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Roads

How many politicians does it take to make people pay attention to our infrastructure problem? None, apparently. All it takes is John...

Volatile Revenues For Transportation Trust Funds: A Cautionary Tale

(Ed. Note: ETW was researching efforts to provide a permanent, dedicated funding stream for federal mass transit programs in the 96th...

White House Transmits New GROW AMERICA Bill to Congress

March 30, 2015 Today, the Obama Administration transmitted the 2015 version of its GROW AMERICA surface transportation reauthorization...

1977 President Carter Handwritten Note to Sec. Adams Opposing New Subway Systems

March 24, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week first came to light this week in 1977, when President Carter sent a...

1962 Sorensen Memo to JFK on Draft Transportation Message to Congress

March 16, 2016 Today’s ETW Document of the week is a memo to President Kennedy from his senior advisor Ted Sorensen written 53 years...

1972 Highway Bill “No Bill” Strategy Memo

March 12, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week again revisits the Nixon Administration. In October 1972, House and Senate...

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