Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Infrastructure

Senate Democrats Release $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan. Again.

March 8, 2018 – Senate Democrats on March 7 released a $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan, which was an expansion of the $1 trillion plan they released in January 2017, which in turn was based on the $1 trillion plan introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in January 2015.

Chao Defends Administration Infrastructure Plan Before Senate

March 2, 2018 – Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao defended the Trump Administration’s infrastructure initiative and fiscal 2019 budget request before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week. The civilian head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, R.D.

Appropriators Work to Finish FY18 Omnibus Bill

March 2, 2018 Staffers for the House and Senate Appropriations Committees were working furiously this week to iron out as many differences as possible between the twelve House-passed appropriations bills for fiscal 2018 and the twelve bills report… Sorry – you don’t have access to this item.

What the Penn-Wharton Study Missed About the Trump Infrastructure Plan

March 1, 2018 – On February 22, economists at the Wharton School of Business released a brief analysis (the Penn-Wharton Budget Model analysis) of President Trump’s infrastructure plan. While the study does average a diverse array of economic models of the added economic value of federal infrastructure grants, the analysis also reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of how federal credit programs work that calls into question the overall conclusions of the work.

How Would the Trump Infrastructure Plan’s Rural Formula Work?

February 23, 2018 – The second-largest program proposed by the Trump Administration’s long-awaited infrastructure initiative is $40 billion in block grants for infrastructure improvements in rural areas, with almost no federal strings attached, to be spent in rural areas at the discretion of the state governor. But how would that $40 billion be divided amongst the states?

White House Submits FY19 Budget Request

February 12, 2018 – President Trump today proposed a $4.4 trillion federal budget for fiscal year 2019. As part of the budget transmission, the Trump Administration is proposing to give the U.S.

State of the Union Speech Increases Expectations for Highly Leveraged Infrastructure Bill

February 2, 2018 – We still expect President Trump’s infrastructure plan itself to rely on $200 billion in federal budget authority. But the big news from Trump’s address was that the amount of money leveraged by that $200 billion from non-federal sources had jumped from $800 billion (under discussion all last year) to $1.3 trillion, for a grand total of $1.5 trillion. How, you may ask, are all these divergent totals possible?

Transportation and Infrastructure in the State of the Union Address, 1997-2017

January 30, 2018 – As we all await President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight, in which he is expected to give some details of his forthcoming infrastructure plan, it is worth looking back at the times that recent Presidents have used the SOTU to speak to transportation and infrastructure issues (or declined to do so).