What the Republican response to Obama's infrastructure proposals in the state of the union will tell us about the politics of 2013--and on whether a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild infrastructure will be lost.
Last night, the Daily Caller unearthed a video of Barack Obama saying (among many other things), “We don’t need to build more highways out in the suburbs." Sounds drastic. But this is also the sort of proposal that conservative and liberal transportation reformers have been pushing for years.
Remember when the Obama administration promised to bring "true broadband to every community in America"? The GOP sure does, and its 2012 platform criticizes the president for not making much progress on this pledge. So whatever happened to Obama's promise, anyway?
Lately, some states have realized that the gas tax has an irritating flaw. When people buy more fuel-efficient vehicles, revenues drop. So states are testing systems that would charge drivers based on how many miles they travel. And recent research suggests this idea might actually work.
Last week's blackout in India has stoked plenty of debate over whether the world's second most-populous country is being held back by crummy infrastructure. But how bad is India's power grid, anyway? And is it really holding back economic growth?
With one day left until funding for the nation's roads and highways run out, the House and Senate are cobbling together a two-year, $120 billion highway bill. Here's a rundown of what you need to know about the bill--and how it will shape our transportation habits.