In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of May 15, 2017

Posted: May 19, 2017 at 1:52 pm

This Week in Critical Infrastructure we bring you four stories focused on infrastructure investment, with a focus on transportation. We continue to follow the news regarding the WannaCry ransomware attack and its effects on critical infrastructure around the world. We look forward to sharing reports on the impacts and implications of the event as the story develops and more details emerge.


Trump Budget Said to Include $200 Billion for Infrastructure

In this report from Bloomber, Mark Niquette takes a look at the budget proposals coming from the Trump administration, which include $200 billion in spending over the next ten years for infrastructure investment. This is one of the components of the promised trillion-dollar infrastructure plan that has been a cornerstone of the president’s policy agenda.

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Infrastructure Week: Keep People, Not Cars, at the Center of Planning, Design

From Ryan McCauley at GovTech, a look at a transportation infrastructure event hosted this week by The Atlantic. The event featured an appearance by former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, as well as multiple discussions of transportation infrastructure through the lens of the requirements of emerging technology.

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Senators Unveil Infrastructure Investment Bill

From The Hill, Melanie Zanona reports on a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate this week by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) called the Bridge Act. This legislation aims to spur investment in transportation infrastructure by the private sector through the creation of a $10 billion financing authority.

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Infrastructure Finance: A Mercatus Colloquium

From the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a colloquium on Infrastructure Finance. The event,
held May 16, 2017, featured papers on transportation infrastructure discussing the role of federal and state regulation in infrastructure investment.

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