Water Bill Assistance Programs Enroll Less Than 25% of Eligible Customers

Analysis of the nation’s largest water utility company programs finds that they have narrow eligibility guidelines, including very low income requirements, that exclude customers.

Segregation Has Grown Worse in Most Big Metros, Analysis Finds

"These findings were as startling as they were disturbing," says one of the study authors.

3 Essential Elements Governments Need to Expand Broadband

Dedicated offices, planning and technical assistance and competitive grant programs are key components for effective broadband efforts, says The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Me-OW: One State’s Plan to Demand Justice for Run-Over Cats

A bill in New Hampshire would require residents who hit cats with their cars to report the collisions or face a $1,000 fine, similar to laws in other states.

‘Managed Retreat’ Can Reinvent Cities While Protecting Lives When Climate Change Floods, Burns or Bakes the Land

COMMENTARY | Low-lying communities near rivers and bays face increasing risk of flooding.

A $26 Billion Plan to Save the Houston Area From Rising Seas

Lawmakers are poised to decide the fate of a massive project to protect the coast around Houston from rising sea levels.

In One State, a Plan to Use $250M in Federal Aid for Park Improvements

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan—a one-time infusion to upgrade and repair infrastructure in the state’s 103 parks—would require approval from lawmakers.

What Over 400 Local Leaders Want to See in an Infrastructure Deal

A new survey of mayors and other local elected officials reveals nearly universal support for certain types of investments. Others, including some Biden administration priorities, aren't as popular.

The Benefits and Challenges of Electric Car Policy

At an annual summit of transportation policymakers, local and state leaders discussed the future of transitioning from gasoline-fueled vehicles to electric-powered ones.

Cities Struggle With Housing Pressures As Pandemic Wanes

Local officials are highlighting affordable housing as a leading concern, according to a new National League of Cities report. “The median price for a single family unit is over $700,000, which is a 30% increase in less than a year," says one mayor.

$5.6B in Earmarks Included in Transportation Bill

The 1,473 local projects funded in the bill range from a transportation center adjacent to the San Diego airport to a paved bike lane in New Jersey.

Infrastructure Talks Between GOP Senators and White House are Dead

The Biden administration will now turn to working with a different bipartisan group to try to come up with a package.

What Is Pete Buttigieg Doing?

The secretary of transportation is on the road, talking infrastructure with anyone who will listen.

States Invested in Broadband Expansion Despite 2020 Budget Woes

The need to move routine activities online during the pandemic sharpened policymakers’ focus on expanding access to high-speed, reliable internet for residents, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

House Democrats Introduce $547B Highway, Transit Bill Amid Infrastructure Talks

Democrats’ proposal comes as President Biden continues to discuss infrastructure needs with Republican lawmakers.

Crumbling Water Facilities Need Central Role in Infrastructure Proposals

COMMENTARY | America’s network of drinking water plants, wastewater treatment facilities and subterranean pipes is in dire need of fixing. It has been deteriorating for years, jeopardizing the health of millions.

US Libraries Need $32B for Construction and Renovations, Estimates Show

The American Libraries Association says the average public library building is more than 40 years old and hundreds of buildings are more than 100 years old.

Below Aging US Dams, a Potential Toxic Calamity

Documents suggest that in more than 80 U.S. locations, the failure of an aging dam could flood a major toxic waste site.

EPA Announces Intent to Give Governments Back More Authority Over Clean Water Act Rule

Last year 21 state attorneys general sued over a rule change to the act implemented by the Trump administration, saying it lessens states’ abilities to combat pollution.

GOP Senators Raise Infrastructure Counteroffer to $928B

Republicans and the White House are still far apart on the size of the package. And there are few signs of agreement on how to pay for it, with GOP lawmakers looking to repurpose Covid funding.

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