Much Of What is Known About Infrastructure is Wrong

By:  Dr. John Brown Miller Moving people, goods, and information more quickly at lower cost has been a common public purpose since George Washington left his Potomac Canal development in 1789 to become President of the United States.  Our infrastructure platform allows information to flow, goods to move, and people to work.  No nation has

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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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