COVID-hit universities press forward with capital projects

Born 2 InvestMontgomery College has allocated $85.7 million for the design and construction of a new student services center. Wayne State University has announced plans to renovate a former library for the support and expansion of STEM education. Officials at the Central Oregon Community College Redmond Campus plan to spend $16 million to add more classrooms and additional computer/lab space.

Visionary Infrastructure Initiatives in 2020

American Infrastructure

While waiting on Congress to create a national infrastructure bill, several cities have begun significant infrastructure initiatives this year. I rarely make predictions about anything. That’s because so few things are certain. However, I’m very comfortable making one. Congress will pass an infrastructure bill in the near future. When COVID-19 is finally controlled, Congress will aggressively focus on stimulating the economy and creating jobs, and nothing will result in quicker economic stimulus and job creation than infrastructure reform. Promises made must be kept – and there is bipartisan support in Congress.

Funding for public spending is currently being evaluated in almost every state

While most people are preparing to file tax returns, elected officials throughout the country are looking at government coffers and evaluating whether they will raise taxes. They are also making decisions about how to spend funding that has not been available to them in the last few years. In the last decade since the financial […]

School security spending is helping pass bond issues in Texas

During a public hearing by the state Legislative Budget Board at the opening of the Texas Legislature earlier this month, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was unequivocal: “We have school security issues,” he said.

A storm is brewing – it should be carefully monitored

Government funding is tight at every jurisdictional level, but there is a huge disconnect between available funding at the state level compared to the local levels of government. That disparity is causing strains that may soon play out in ways that are negative for taxpayers and citizens. As fiscal years end for local governments, many […]

State and local elected officials continue to pursue goals of the Paris Agreement

Over the last 10 years, wildfires and extreme weather events such as heat waves, floods, droughts and hurricanes cost America more than $350 billion, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. And these costs don’t include three major hurricanes and wildfires that devastated parts of the country last year. That data has not been recorded […]

It’s easy to be exasperated with government, but there is great danger if citizens don’t stay involved

It’s harder to manage cities, counties and state governments today than it was in the past. In fact, government leadership is a grueling job and citizen input has never been more important than it is today. Competition for global leadership, advancements in technology, population growth, health care systems and sustainability issues are just a few […]