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A $1 Trillion Infrastructure Package Will Only Get You $500 Billion Worth of Stuff Without Permitting Reform

Tuesday, President Donald Trump released his FY 2018 budget. Within the budget the administration included a fact sheet containing key principles for the president’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan. On a call with reporters,...more

America’s Infrastructure Gets a D+

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has issued their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which assigns a letter grade to the nation’s infrastructure....more

Trump’s Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Promise

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A Trillion Dollar infrastructure investment is a good start, even though it’s highly unlikely that Congress would pass a bill requiring such a large expenditure. No one studying the issue doubts that the nation could probably...more

Impact of Brexit on UK Infrastructure

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It’s been almost eight months since the EU referendum in the UK resulted in the Government’s decision to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union commencing formalities to exit the EU. In a short space of time,...more

Trump, Infrastructure and the Construction Industry

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks since Donald Trump became President. Many believed (including myself) that he couldn’t win. I was wrong. Some also believed (again, including myself) that he wouldn’t make good on his...more

Gov. Haslam Expands His IMPROVE Act

Gov. Haslam expanded his IMPROVE Act this week. He amended the act to allow local referendums on surcharges to existing local taxes as a means to pay for public transit projects. The new surcharge options apply to local...more

"Trump Infrastructure Plan May Open Opportunities for Projects"

After nearly two decades of widening concern over the declining state of U.S. infrastructure, it was not surprising that infrastructure became a central theme in the 2016 election cycle. Improving our nation’s transportation,...more

DBE Contracting Opportunities under the Trump Administration

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

With President-elect Trump’s promise to turn America’s crumbling infrastructure into an opportunity for accelerated economic growth, there are likely to be significant investments in the next four years in transportation,...more

A Deal on New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund: What Does it Mean for Affected Contractors?

As a follow-up to our July post on New Jersey state budget problems threatening public construction projects, the political fight over funding New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund (“TTF”) finally ended on September 30,...more

What A Trump Card Means In The Game of Construction and Development

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Like many of you, I stayed up late on Tuesday night / Wednesday morning to watch the 2016 election returns. I dragged myself into the office after only a few hours of sleep and my phone was immediately ringing. Some clients....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. UPCOMING REFERENDUM QUESTIONS – This week, we report on Maine ballot Question 5 regarding...more

Why Clinton and Trump’s Infrastructure Plans Leave Us Wanting More

It’s hard not to pick up your newspaper (or, more likely, your smart phone) and not get caught up reading about Donald Trump’s latest “did he really say that” statement or about the “less than personal” personal email account...more

Louisiana Amends P3 Legislation Granting Authority to DOTD

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The State of Louisiana has passed a public-private partnership (P3) law to help alleviate a $12.7 billion backlog in highway and bridge maintenance and construction needs across the state. The law authorizes the Louisiana...more

Las P3 y el riesgo político: ¿por qué las P3 de Miami-Dade pueden resistir el clima político?

En un año electoral, los inversores prestan mucha atención a los entornos políticos de las jurisdicciones que buscan el desarrollo de las asociaciones entre los sectores público y privado (“P3” o “PPP”). La inversión en el...more

New York Establishes a Super IC Misclassification-Plus Task Force

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Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order No. 159 expanding the existing Joint Enforcement Task Force on Employee Misclassification into a Joint Enforcement Task Force on Worker Exploitation and...more

Sales Tax Revenue Bonds Provide Critically Needed Transportation Funding Source

Funding transportation infrastructure in California is becoming increasingly difficult, as diminished gasoline taxes and other state and federal funding sources continue to be insufficient to provide fully for burgeoning...more

Go Big Red-y for Design-Build! Nebraska Enables and Funds Innovative Highway and Bridge Procurements

by Nossaman LLP on

Governor Pete Rickets followed through on a promise to rethink infrastructure delivery in Nebraska. Signing LB 960, the “Transportation Innovation Act,” into law, Nebraska is poised to clear its backlog of highway...more

Il nuovo Codice degli Appalti Pubblici

With the Legislative Decree n. 50 of 18 April 2016 "Implementation of directives 2014/23 / EU, 2014/24 / EU and 2014/25 / EU on the award of concession contracts, on public procurement and procurement by entities operating in...more

Perspectives - March/April - 2016

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The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) was founded by several professional and trade associations that came together after Hurricane Katrina to help provide humanitarian relief. Today, ALAN comprises hundreds of supply...more

California Transportation Commission Allocates $170 Million to Projects Around the State

by Nossaman LLP on

At its March meeting, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved funding to improve and maintain California’s multimodal transportation system. According to the District 2 Press Release, allocations included...more

Illinois Bill Looks to Significantly Expand Use of P3s

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The Illinois Senate is currently reviewing a bill that would greatly expand the authority of public agencies in Illinois to enter into public-private partnership (P3) agreements. To date, such authority has been limited to...more

A “FAIR” Chance for Infrastructure P3s in Obama Administration’s Final Budget Request - President Unveils Financing America’s...

by K&L Gates LLP on

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama acknowledged that “because it’s an election season, expectations for what we will achieve this year are low.” However, the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget...more

Treasury and Commerce further relax US Cuba sanctions

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On January 26, 2016, the Obama Administration released its third update to the US Cuba sanctions in the past two years. To effectuate these changes, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further...more

Congress Enacts Federal Permitting Improvements to Speed Infrastructure Projects

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Congress enacted the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, also known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) on December 4, 2015. A part of the FAST Act, Title XLI—Federal...more

House and Senate Conference Committee Reports Out Five-Year Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

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The House and Senate conferees have agreed on a compromise $305 billion five-year surface transportation authorization: the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The bill should be headed to the White House in...more

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