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Aiding States to Stimulate the National Economy

As Congress debates a stimulus to the economy in the wake of the housing bust, many economists are urging federal leaders to make aid to state governments a core part of the package. While direct tax rebates for individuals can help, it will not do much for the economy if states are forced to cut back on critical spending on public works, health care, and education at the same time. As Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who was also chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisors in the 1990s, wrote this week in the New York Times:

Toll Increases for Public Investment, Affordable Housing Plans & Hate Crime Laws

Toll Increases for Public Investment, Affordable Housing Plans & Hate Crime Laws

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

NJ: Raising Tolls & Keeping the Money for the Public - Unlike Privatization Ripoffs

After discussing the possibility of privatizing major state highways last year, New Jersey Governor John Corzine instead made a proposal earlier this month that called for significant increases in tolls that would provide nearly $30 billion to decrease state debt and invest in state transit projects. Unlike rhetorical promises around privatization money in other states, this plan actually laid out how money would get raised. 

Municipal Broadband Internet Moving Forward

Municipal Broadband Internet Moving Forward

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

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Utility Decoupling: Giving Utilities Incentives to Promote Energy Efficiency

Utility Decoupling: Giving Utilities Incentives to Promote Energy Efficiency

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Investing in Crumbling Infrastructure in the States Before It's Too Late

LegAlert: Investing in Crumbling Infrastructure in the States Before It's Too Late

The recent tragedy in Minneapolis, along with the explosion of an underground steam pipe in New York City just weeks ago, has brought public attention to the problem of our country's crumbling infrastructure, a problem the Progressive States Network has been highlighting over the past year. 

The Sky is Falling: Manhattan's Aging Infrastructure Causes Explosion and Concern

Last week, an explosion beneath a street near Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan sent a giant stream of scalding, brownish steam up through the street and into the sky. The explosion caused a large crater, roughly 35-40 feet wide, and was so strong that it flipped over a tow truck. The cloud of steam and hail of debris from the explosion lasted more than two hours and raised concerns of asbestos contamination. The cause of the blast? Not as some rushed to assert, a terrorist attack, but an underground steam pipe constructed in 1924 that exploded when too much cold rain water leaked on it. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg acknowledged this when he stated, "There is no reason to believe this is anything other than a failure of our infrastructure."

Universal & Affordable Broadband Conference Call MP3

If you missed our Universal & Affordable Broadband conference call you can listen to it as an mp3 here:
http://podcast.liveoffice.com/telcorecordings/1004933/709424/LA4235_3_1_2007_1051936.mp3(right click to download)

You can find the companion Stateside Dispatch here.

Michigan LegAlert: Oppose HB 6456

Progressive States Network


To: Michigan Legislators & Staff

From: Progressive States Network

Re: Oppose HB 6456