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MAP-21: The good, the bad and the lessons learned

Amanda Bayhi - Sep 30, 2013

MAP-21: The good, the bad and the lessons learned

With reauthorization less than a year away, many agencies are thinking about ways lawmakers can improve the new federal bill. Four American Public Works Association (APWA) Transportation Committee members joined last month at the APWA Congress and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, ...

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Depends what you mean by “relevant” or “earmark.”

John Latta - Mar 22, 2013

Depends what you mean by “relevant” or “earmark.”

When it comes to transportation infrastructure, what is "relevant" and what is an "earmark?" The debate arises courtesy of Minnesota Republican Representative and former Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann. And while the debate comes from a meeting where she spoke, it is ...

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Kirk Landers, Editor Emeritus

Better Roads Staff - Oct 09, 2012

Kirk Landers, Editor Emeritus

Politics with Earmarks       While the citizenry and media of the United States focused on election polls and campaign rumors this summer, the U.S. Department of Transportation quietly announced that more than $470 million in unobligated earmark funds was being released to ...

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Financial District: In a Pig’s Ear

Brooke Wisdom - Oct 01, 2009

Earmarks, those lump sums of money our elected representatives put into legislation to fund projects in their districts, part of good old fashioned pork barrel spending, can be a massive waste of highway funding and actually harm the building of ...

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