The article reports that Congress has approved appropriations deal containing funding levels for programs critical for planners and mentions investments in American infrastructure since the Great Recession era packages.
GOVERNMENT spending policy, GOVERNMENT shutdown, PUBLIC administration, UNITED States, UNITED States legislators, and PREVENTION
The article discusses the last actions taken by the 114th Congress of the U.S. which is under the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama. It cites the approval of a spending bill that will avoid government shutdown. It mentions the decision of U.S. legislators to allow the Senate to work on presidential cabinet nominations for the 115th Congress of the U.S.
The article discusses letter written by Cynthia Bowen, president at American Planning Association (APA), to Congress expressing concerns about proposal that new federal infrastructure legislation must include to support local communities. Topics discussed include smart investment of APA in infrastructure which is top policy priority, 2019 budget proposal by administration of President Donald Trump and investment in public transportation.
The article reports on the move of the Congress to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package that aims to avoid another government shutdown and set federal government funding levels for fiscal year 2016 in the U.S.
URBAN planners, HOUSING, UNITED States, and CONGRESSES
An introduction is presented in which the editor discusses articles in the issue on topics including role of urban planners in the society, housing affordability in the U.S. and webinar series for urbanization.
FEDERAL government, ENVIRONMENTAL protection, NATIONAL parks & reserves -- United States, and LANDSCAPE protection
Reports on the issue of reduction in subsidies to national parks in the U.S. by the Congress in the year 1995. Main focus on San Francisco unit in the national park system, the Presidio of San Francisco; Creation of Presidio Trust by the 1996 legislation; Details of Presidio Trust Management Plan that was adopted in August 2002; Effort of Presidio Trust to blend the preservation of historic resources and environmental resources with the introduction of new facilities and new development; Area in the plan entirely within the San Francisco city limits covering some of the nation's most beautiful scenery.
FINANCING of transportation, TRANSPORTATION programs, SUSTAINABLE development, LAW & legislation, GASOLINE taxes, BICYCLE lanes, and TRAILS -- United States
The article reports on the approaches of the U.S. government to transportation funding, wherein, the U.S. Congress continue to struggle over a multilayer surface transportation bill that is expected to be delayed until 2013. It states that most of the surface transportation programs such as the highway and transit are funded through the gas tax. It says that some of the efforts are aimed at sustainable development and livability programs such as bike lanes and foot paths.
Discusses the US Congress' focus on environmental matters. Reauthorization of the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and Superfund and the elevation of the Environmental Protection Agency to cabinet level; Opposition to the legislative initiatives; Major complication on the amendments.
Planning. Feb99, Vol. 65 Issue 2, p32. 2p. 1 Black and White Photograph.
PLANNING and URBAN growth
Presents news briefs about planning in the United States. Three victories for planning delivered by the 105th Congress; Information on the revamp in state laws sought by the Coalition of High Growth Communities in Virginia.
Planning. Jan97, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p4. 3p. 1 Black and White Photograph.
ENVIRONMENTAL policy and PROPERTY rights
Expects the newly elected 105th Congress of the United States to be less stringent in formulating environmental rules and more moderate in property-rights legislation. Impact of environmental issues on the outcome of the congressional elections; Environmental regulations that are expected to become subjects of a serious tug-of-war between environmentalists and conservative Republicans; Environmental lobbying.
CONFERENCES & conventions, INFRASTRUCTURE (Economics) -- Congresses, HISTORIC preservation -- United States, and HISTORIC districts
Information about several topics discussed at the annual symposium of the International Council on Monuments and Sites held in Washington D.C. in June 2011 on topics related to new infrastructure construction in the historic preservation districts is presented. The symposium featured several speakers including architect Warren Cox, Clem Labine and architect Steven W. Semes from the University of Notre Dame.
DIVIDEND reinvestment, UNITED States. American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, and TRANSPORTATION terminal design & construction
The article reports on the 787 billion U.S. dollars economic stimulus program passed by the U.S. Congress for Louisiana in 2009. According to Mary Landrieu, daughter of former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has paid quick dividends in Louisiana, making hundreds of jobs to promote the economy of Louisiana. A significant list of anticipated projects was in place, such as a plan to renovate a sprawling intermodal terminal at the Port of New Orleans.
URBAN planning, RAILROAD finance, RAILROADS, BUDGET cuts, and SUSTAINABLE communities
The article discusses the implication of 2012 budget cuts on urban planning in the U.S. indicating the elimination of funding for the nation's Sustainable Communities Initiative. It notes that the initiative is aimed at breaking the barriers to collaboration on transportation, housing, and environmental programs. Furthermore, it mentions the decision not to render any grant funding for the high-speed rail program of President Barack Obama's administration.
WILDFIRES -- United States, FIRES -- Demographic aspects, CLIMATE change, and FOREST restoration laws
The article focuses on the increased wildfire incidences in the U.S. It cites the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado in the summer of 2011 as the most property destructive in the state. California Fire Safety Council chairman Pat Kidder says that catastrophic wildfires are influenced by weather, vegetation, and terrain changes. It states that the Healthy Forests Restoration Act was passed by the Congress in 2012 to provide a framework for community wildfire protection plan.
PUBLIC finance, INFRASTRUCTURE financing, PUBLIC spending, TRANSPORTATION, INVESTMENTS, and CONGRESSIONAL hearings (U.S.)
The article reports on the discussion over how to address the looming funding gap for infrastructure improvements in Congress in the U.S. An annual expenditures of $225 billion to $340 billion for the next 50 years was recommended by the congressional mandated commission to upgrade the nation's surface transportation system. According to Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer, she would consider the study's recommendations on tolling, the roles of private and municipal investment in infrastructure upgrades.
UNITED States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Environment Public Works and AMERICAN Planning Association
Reports on the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's approval of the Clean Water Act Reauthorization. Provisions under bill; Key provision of bill; American Planning Association's (APA) draft of Water Pollution Control and Estuary Restoration Financing Act.
TAX laws, UNITED States governors, and CRIMINAL law
Reports that the state speeches delivered by governors in the United States underscored the need for Congress to speed up legislation on taxation and crime. Governors who pledged to work for tax reductions; Abolition of unfunded federal mandates; Advocacy of investments in tourism.