PLANNING, PRICES, Corporate presidents, Transportation, UNITED States, Infrastructure (Economics) -- United States, Transportation & the environment, and Motor fuels
The article reports the persuading of the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congressional body House by the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), Chris Spear with regard to the necessity of a sustainable, user-funded infrastructure plan for the transportation sector in the country. Topics discussed include the fee on motor fuels proposed by ATA and revenue schemes with regard to the matter.
PLANNING, Tolls, Taxation, Road maintenance, Transportation, UNITED States, and Revenue -- United States
The article focuses on the need to re-authorize the highway and transit programs of the U.S. as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), a two-year reauthorization of the nation's surface transportation programs, is ending in September 2014. As mentioned, lack of revenue from toll is a major problem for the transportation programs in the U.S. and various possible solutions to this problem are also discussed.
Planning, Debates & debating, Democrats, Republicans, and Attribution (Social psychology)
Senate leaders plan to debate Puerto Rico debt legislation next week, but it's unclear whether the measure will be sent to President Barack Obama before the island's next debt payment deadline on July 1. New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, who has called the bill "neo-colonial", said that if Democrats "are jammed" by a tight debate schedule, he would "do everything I can procedurally to make sure we have amendments" considered to the House-passed bill. [Extracted from the article]
PLANNING, Budget, Public finance, Intermodal freight terminals, Transportation, UNITED States, Roads, and Grants (Money)
The article reports on the proposed transportation plan of U.S. President Barack Obama delivered to the U.S. Congress on March 30, 2015. Topics cited include the expiration of federal funding for transportation in May, funding plan for the proposed 478 billion U.S. dollars spending and allocation of budget for highways, transit and the multimodal freight grant program.
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.
Deals with the United States House of Representatives taking up of a blueprint for the fiscal 1999 budget, minus specific savings proposals. Information on the proposals that were not included; Details on the debate on a threat to the section 29 non-conventional fuels tax credit; Identification of some proposals from Representative John R. Kasich Republican from Ohio; What impact his proposals would have had on the budget; Comments from a Washington lobbyist, Keith Martin.
American Banker. 11/2/2000, Vol. 165 Issue 211, p6. 1/4p.
Public administration, Planning, United States -- Politics & government, and Federal employees (U.S.)
Reports on an agreement by the United States Senate to allow the Republican Congress to go home, then return after the election to wrap up business in 2000. Expectations that President Bill Clinton will go along with the plan; How the move would affect the budget gridlock; How the hiatus may benefit Senate negotiators working on a commodity and derivatives bill.
Financial economics, Budget, Planning, Fiscal policy -- United States, and United States legislators
The article explores the use of the random walk theory of financial economics to analyze the fiscal policy decisions of lawmakers in the U.S. The author claims that, as random-walk theory predicts, it is frequently appears as if lawmakers flipped a coin to decide how to deal with the budget crisis yesterday, and then flipped it again today without considering the outcome. The author adds there is a dearth of strategic choices and long-term planning.
Urban planning, Income distribution, Income, Planning, Public spending, Recreation -- United States, Recreation areas, and Cities & towns
One purpose of this paper was to examine the built-in meanings and possible biases of the present Bureau of Outdoor Recreation approach before a multi-billion dollar urban recreation plan is developed in the U.S., the first stage of which has been sent to the Congress. The two general objectives of recreation planners were examined, given the assumptions usually made and compared with economic efficiency and equity considerations. The second purpose was to examine the empirical evidence available to determine if the assumptions of the present planning methodology are accurate. The conclusion is that if a multi-billion dollar program for urban recreation is forthcoming, the time to determine recreation programs which are based upon flexible recreation plans and standards is now and the need for further research to analyze the causes of the differences in participation patterns in light of the present polarization of the society is urgent. Continuing to allocate expenditures on recreation facilities based on family income differentials will only further distort these differences and defeat the stated intent of a multi-billion dollar urban recreation plan.
Public-private sector cooperation, Infrastructure (Economics), FINANCE, Government business enterprises, PLANNING, Economic development, Transportation policy, Transportation engineering, Transportation, and UNITED States
The article provides information on the benefits of public-private partnerships (PPPs) for transportation infrastructure as presented in the "Public-Private Partnerships in Highway and Transit Infrastructure Provision" report of the Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service (CRS) in the U.S. The report indicates that PPPs can make an important contribution to funding, however they must be regulated to protect the public interest. Moreover, the effect of PPPs on the needs of the surface transportation infrastructure and whether partnerships can reliably meet the resource needs of transportation infrastructure must be considered by Congress in determining how to approach PPPs at the federal level.
Planning, Economic policy, Economic forecasting, Political planning, and Finance -- United States
This article discusses the economic issues pertaining to the U.S. in the form of a fictional dialogue between the U.S. President and his Chief Economic Advisor. The article briefly discusses and describes the economic planning and its various aspects pertaining to the U.S. The planning board would assemble all the required information in a central place. It would gather together not just aggregate information but details about the supply and demand for particular goods and services, for different types of labor and for investments. The planning board would be concerned not only with aggregate figures like gross national product, national income, investment and employment but also with their composition. The plans have to be submitted to the Congress and it is up to them to pick one. The Administration, Congress, and ultimately the electorate determine the effective policies, the planning board does not make decisions for people. It recommends the use of indirect means taxes, subsidies and regulations as incentives and penalties in order to induce people to engage in economic activities which fulfil the plan.
Reports that public cynicism concerning a government shutdown over budget planning in the United States could undercut support for the president and Congress. Effects of shutdown on some businesses. INSET: What' shut, what's not..
Chief financial officers, Accounting, Mentoring in education, Education -- United States, and Grants in aid (Public finance) -- Monitoring
As part of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) of 2001, the Congress authorized a 3-year, $17 million per year school-based mentoring grant program. For fiscal year 2004, Congress has increased funding to about $50 million to fund additional mentoring efforts. Congress requested that GAO provide information on the student mentoring program. To do this, GAO answered the following questions: (1) What are the basic elements, policies, and procedures of successful mentoring programs? (2) What are the key characteristics of NCLBA-funded mentoring efforts, including the extent to which they have the basic elements, policies, and procedures of successful mentoring programs? (3) How does the Department of Education monitor program implementation? (4) What are Education's and grantees' plans to assess program outcomes? According to the literature GAO reviewed, successful mentoring programs (1) plan their programs carefully prior to implementation; (2) develop policies and procedures to effectively manage their programs, including mentor screening and training; (3) ensure program sustainability through marketing; and (4) evaluate program outcomes and disseminate their evaluation findings. Most of the 121 mentoring grantees that Education funded shared many characteristics--most had 5 years or more of experience mentoring youth, had similar goals, and offered "one-to-one" mentoring. All mentoring grantees listed in their applications that they had some elements of successful programs, but established grantees GAO visited reported fewer implementation challenges, such as problems recruiting mentors, than did newer grantees. Most of the 11 grantees GAO visited said they would benefit from learning about other implementation strategies through information sharing. However, Education has not facilitated information sharing among mentoring grantees, although it is considering doing so. Education used multiple methods to monitor grantees, including expenditure tracking, but the office responsible for monitoring mentoring grants did not review single audit reports as required by its guidance. Education's Chief Financial Officer reviewed the audits but did not forward audits to the office overseeing the mentoring grants because findings did not pertain to these new grants. However, GAO found that 8 percent of the mentoring grantees had audit findings related to how well they handled other Education grants. Education is currently assessing whether it will conduct an overall evaluation of its mentoring program. Education required that all grantees have evaluation plans, and most plan to report on youth outcomes related to academic achievement and attendance. However, grantees plan to use different methodologies, making it difficult for Education to have a cohesive picture of its mentoring program as a whole. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Budget, Strategic planning, Planning, and Aeronautics -- United States
This report presents the results of GAO's review of NASA's performance plan for fiscal year 1999. The Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 requires NASA to submit to Congress its first performance plan, for fiscal year 1999, along with the President's fiscal year 1999 budget request. According to NASA officials, the plan was given to Congress on March 27, 1998. NASA views its performance plan as the third component of its "trilogy of Results Act-supporting" documents, the other two being its annual budget justification and its strategic plan. This report discusses (1) NASA's goals and objectives, including how the agency plans to measure its progress toward achieving these goals and objectives; (2) the agency's strategies and resources needed to achieve its goals; and (3) the availability and reliability of data needed to achieve progress. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Planning, Government-sponsored enterprises, and Legislative bills
The article reports on the plan of Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby to continue to push for consensus in order to move a strong government sponsored enterprise reform bill through the Senate in 2006 in the U.S. Shelby expressed his appreciation for the committee's commitment to operating in a bipartisan manner to address many of the key issues in the areas of financial services.
Bond Buyer. 5/21/2015, Vol. 1 Issue 34313, p1-1. 1p. 1 Color Photograph.
Public finance, PLANNING, Roads, Legislative bills -- United States, Legislative voting, Transportation, and UNITED States
The House voted 387 to 35 on a bill Tuesday night that would reauthorize surface transportation programs for another two months and avoid a cutoff of federal reimbursements to states for highway and transit projects during the busy construction season. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]