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1215 Magna Carta Excerpt on the Obligation to Build Bridges

June 15,2015 Analysis of the provision in Magna Carta preventing the Crown from forcing local landowners to build bridges across navigable waterways.
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

1982 White House Gas Tax Decision Memoranda

June 09,2015 A series of three late November 1982 memos from DOT and OMB trying to refute the arguments that each agency made to President Reagan in the final Cabinet meetings to determine whether or not the...
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

1961 HHFA Recommended Urban Planning Draft Legislation

June 03,2015 A June 1961 memo to President Kennedy from the head of the Housing and Home Finance Agency transmitting the draft legislation to give permission for two or more states to establish joint planning...
Historical Documents

1923 U.K. Cabinet Memo on Road Fund Revenue Dedication

May 19,2015 A January 1923 memo to the U.K. Cabinet by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury questioning the wisdom of the Road Fund (created in 1909 with a dedicated revenue stream from motor vehicle taxes)...
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

1978 White House Strategy Memo on Trucking and Rail Deregulation Proposals

May 13,2015 Briefing papers given to President Carter in anticipation of his December 11, 1978 meeting with Transportation Secretary Brock Adams where the two would decide on a general strategy for pursuit of...
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

1975 White House Freight Rail Assistance Decision Memo

May 08,2015 Briefing papers prepared for President Ford in advance of an April 1975 meeting to discuss what kind of freight railroad rescue package to request from Congress. The legislation eventually became the...
Historical Documents

1969 Oral History Interview With Charles Zwick RE: Creation of USDOT

April 21,2015 Oral history given by former OMB Deputy Director Charles Zwick, who played an integral role in the creation of the Department of Transportation.
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

1982 White House Federalism Initiative – Jan. 25 Draft

April 16,2015 Internal White House summary of a proposed "New Federalism" initiative for President Reagan, dated January 1982, which would have turned back significant highway and mass transit spending (and their...
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

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

March 24,2015 President Carter's March 1977 handwritten note to new Transportation Secretary Brock Adams explaining why the President thought most new subway systems were a bad idea.
Federal Legislation,Historical Documents

1962 Sorensen Memo to JFK on Draft Transportation Message to Congress

March 16,2015 A memo to President Kennedy from his senior advisor Ted Sorensen written on March 16, 1962, as the Administration was working on the text of the transportation message to Congress that the President...
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