Five Truths About Infrastructure

By:  Dr. John Brown Miller Joel Moser’s August 4, 2017 column “Five myths about infrastructure” was an interesting read, and I finally have time to rebut it.  I know, respect, and like Mr. Moser.  As with all complicated subjects, there are competing, conflicting, views. Mr. Moser’s “five myths” are actually “five truths”.  I’ve relabeled and

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The President Wants to Bring Outcomes to Infrastructure

By:  Dr. John Brown Miller The Trump administration’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America will add the measurement of outcomes against infrastructure plans to federal grant policy.  That is a revolutionary change for the better.  The program includes $200 billion in new, direct federal spending over a ten-year period, designed to attract $1.3 trillion in

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The Fiction of Federally Funded Infrastructure

Congressional Infrastructure Dead End – Earmarks or Nothing By:  Dr. John Brown Miller [Originally published by in The Hill on June 9, 2018.] Members of Congress are used to logrolling each other to move as many projects from their district’s wish list onto a joint list of projects that can garner 218 votes in the

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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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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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