Thursday, January 19, 2017

Will Trump Focus on Climate Change Infrastructure Resiliency?

From economist Matthew Khan:

"I am listening to Jimi Hendrix and I'm trying to think about predictions I'm willing to make about environmental regulation under President Trump.  Both Don Trump and I both lived in New York City in the early 1970s.  This was a time when Manhattan was dirty, dangerous and disillusioned.   Real estate prices were low.  Don Trump has made huge amounts of $ as Manhattan has become a more livable "green city".  He knows what the capitalization effect is and knows that "location,location, location" mantra of real estate both means a property's proximity to employment and cultural centers and quality of life hubs such as central park. This logic implies that President Trump will not gut regulations that protect the air and water. I actually think he will invest in increasing our nation's climate resilience because he owns so much coastal real estate!  Self interest will nudge him to invest in adaptation!  (sounds familiar?)."

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Could Domino's Tracker Improve the Delivery of Public Infrastructure

If it works for pizza, why not the water line project in the front of your house?  Domino's Tracker allows customers to follow their pizza from the oven to their door - trust and transparency to a process where "Have they forgotten my order?" historically has been a key concern.  Why not give customers and citizens the same service and piece of mind with a click in terms of the infrastructure projects in their community?

A Paragraph to Ponder

From The Financial Page of the current issue of the New Yorker - - Big-Ticket Transit:

"Conservatives often reflexively dismiss infrastructure spending as a boondoggle, and liberals, perhaps in reaction, often reflexively defend it, no matter how wasteful.  But the pool of dollars available for something like public transit is limited.  The result of extravagant spending on subways and the like is that we end up with fewer of them than other cities.  For the price of what New York spent on Calatrava's PATH station alone, Stockholm is building nineteen kilometres of subway track and a six-kilometre commuter-rail tunnel.  Worse, cost overruns fuel public skepticism toward government, making it harder to invest the next time around.  It's good for government to do big things, great things.  But it's better if it can do them under budget."

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45 Lays Down His KPI

Growth in the 3 to 4 percent range.

Treasury Recommends 40 Infrastructure Projects

Link to the list of the forty infrastructure projects that have the largest economic payoff.