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  • Is Federal Infrastructure Spending Unconstitutional?

    Is Federal Infrastructure Spending Unconstitutional?0

    • April 3, 2018

    The Tenth Amendment Center—in my opinion, one of the country’s most valuable constitutional websites—has produced a thoughtful video on the constitutionality of federal infrastructure spending. Based mostly on President James Madison’s 1817 veto, on constitutional grounds, of a bill to construct roads and canals, the video concludes that federal infrastructure spending violates the Constitution as that

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  • Congress should approve Trump’s effort to stop funding local transit boondoggles

    Congress should approve Trump’s effort to stop funding local transit boondoggles0

    • May 17, 2017

    by Randal O’Toole President Trump has proposed to stop funding new New Starts projects. New Starts, along with its subsidiary program Small Starts, is a multi-billion-dollar fund created by Congress, and funneled through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), that gives cities incentives to build the most expensive transit systems possible so they can get “their

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  • How Congress can avoid the “transportation cliff”0

    • June 3, 2014

    President Obama’s recent visit to the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York was intended to push Congress to approve billions of dollars in infrastructure spending increases. But throwing more money at transit just puts more cash into the hands of government contractors, while doing little for commuters. The federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to

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  • LaHood’s Cost-Effectiveness Rule0

    • February 1, 2013

    It was with some trepidation that the Antiplanner finally took the time to carefully read the Department of Transportation’s final rules for major transit capital grants. Long-time readers may recall that the Antiplanner is concerned about the cost-effectiveness of these grants, and urged the Department to strengthen those requirements–without much hope that the Obama administration […]

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  • LaHood’s Legacy0

    • January 31, 2013

    As the Antiplanner noted yesterday, Ray LaHood’s lasting legacy as Secretary of Immobility is the loosening of requirements for major transit capital grants in new rules issued a few weeks ago. This is most important for streetcar fans, since the Bush-era rules pretty much predetermined that streetcars were not a cost-effective use of federal transportation […]

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  • Goodbye Ray LaHood0

    • January 30, 2013

    Secretary of Immobility Ray LaHood has announced his intention to leave office as soon as a replacement can be found. Aside from an admirable emphasis on safety, LaHood’s main legacy will be a weakening of the cost-effectiveness requirements for transit grants so that, now, the most ridiculously expensive transit projects can get federal funding. As […]

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