Assessing the Infrastructure Bank Plan

<em>National Journal</em> asks its panel of transportation experts to weigh in on the $50 billion infrastructure bank plan recently announced by President Barack Obama.
September 14, 2010, 2pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"The White House didn't offer many funding specifics, but the initial $50 billion for the infrastructure bank would be offset by doing away with tax breaks for oil and gas companies.

What parts of this plan are you most excited about and most wary of? What will it do for the nation's unemployment problem? How should the bank's initial $50 billion be allocated among roads, rails and runways, and where should the money come from to pay for the rest of the plan? And when will Congress take up the proposal? Is bipartisan consensus possible on any part of it before or after the midterms?"

Many of the responses from the panel of experts applaud the move, though some take issue with the bank plan's lack of clearly defined goals.

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Published on Monday, September 13, 2010 in National Journal
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