Infrastructure Upside Down – The Gateway Project

Infrastructure Off-Track:  the Gateway Project to New York By:  Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by The Washington Examiner on April 8, 2018.] The federal role in financing state infrastructure remains upside down.  Instead of using life cycle competition to confirm value for money, Congress remains focused on earmarking state projects in federal appropriation bills. 

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Pavlov’s Infrastructure Dogs

Pavlov’s Dogs and Federal Infrastructure Dollars By:  Dr. John Brown Miller Miller was professor of civil engineering at MIT, chair of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law, and is an expert on infrastructure procurement.  Miller is on LinkedIn and Twitter @JohnBrownMiller In a famous behavior psychology study, Ivan Pavlov’s dogs showed that human behavior

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Congress Closed America’s Infrastructure Bank – Reopen It

Our economy – not government – needs to invest more in infrastructure. By:  Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by the Washington Examiner on February 5, 2018.] Congressman John Faso’s Op Ed on January 23 presents the arguments for establishing an American Infrastructure Bank.  The national grade of “D” grade received from the American Society

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Rethinking Our Century-Old Approach to Paying for Infrastructure

Our crumbling infrastructure can be fixed if we change how we fund capital investments and maintenance. By:  Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by Route Fifty on December 18 2017.] In the United States, we routinely separate “capital” activities from “maintenance and repair” activities. This made sense in 1916, when Congress began funding the US

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We can lower infrastructure price tag . . .

  By:  Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by THE HILL on November 22 2017, without charts.]  This is the third in a three part series on infrastructure. As American infrastructure continues to decline, the endless debate whether “public” or “private” infrastructure is “cheaper” is much more amusing than substantive. The four typical cash flows

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Federal Funds might delay state infrastructure problems, but they’ll never solve them

By:  Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by THE HILL on November 21, 2017, without charts.]  This is the second part in a three part series on infrastructure. President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure proposal has highlighted the role of the federal government in state and local infrastructure projects.  State and local governments hold approximately $4

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Our Infrastructure is doomed from the start

By:  Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published THE HILL on November 20, 2017, without charts.]  This is the first part in a three part series on infrastructure. The “design-bid-build” project model is one of several proven methods for delivering infrastructure. It’s been the model of choice since 1916, when Congress began funding the U.S. highway

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@TheHill Trilogy of Infrastructure Posts – in Charts.

By: Dr. John Brown Miller Miller was previously a professor of civil engineering at MIT, chairman of the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law and is an expert on infrastructure procurement. This is the first part of a three-part series on infrastructure. Thanks to @TheHill for publishing a three-part series on infrastructure issues

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