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Trump Administration

September 17, 2019, 10am PDT
California has made a practice of resisting changes to environmental regulations pursued by the Trump administration, but the latest legislative effort to protect the state's waterways was a bridge too far for the governor.
Sacramento Bee
September 13, 2019, 11am PDT
Environmentalists worry that the latest action by the Trump administration on the environment will set a dangerous precedent that is difficult to overturn with a more conservative Supreme Court.
The New York Times
September 4, 2019, 6am PDT
Opportunity zones are so far only benefitting the moneyed interests of the real estate industry.
The New York Times
September 3, 2019, 10am PDT
The Trump administration's rollback on August 29 of an Obama-era regulation to reduce methane emissions in the production and distribution of oil and natural gas did not sit well with large oil and gas companies who see value in reducing emissions.
The New York Times
August 29, 2019, 6am PDT
Transit agencies, affordable housing developers, and many others might be envious of the kind of leeway sources say President Trump is willing to grant in the name of project delivery.
The Washington Post
August 25, 2019, 5am PDT
The U.S. Department of Transportation is following through President Trump's promises to ease the federal government's permitting and approvals processes for infrastructure projects.
Politico
August 24, 2019, 7am PDT
Technological improvements and market demand have buoyed the sector against the Trump adminsitration’s attacks.
Utility Dive
August 22, 2019, 9am PDT
A new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development raises the burden of proof in cases of disparate impact, and provides additional defenses for defendants.
CityLab
August 3, 2019, 1pm PDT
The Trump administration's attack on the protection and conservation of public lands has a new champion.
Associated press via The Salt Lake Tribune
July 29, 2019, 9am PDT
Next month, the Trump administration rolls out one of their most significant environmental rollbacks, freezing auto emission and fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels. The deal unveiled by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday may upend Trump's plans.
The Washington Post
July 17, 2019, 2pm PDT
The chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure used the word "unlawful," when describing the tardy delivery of allocated capital investment funding by the Federal Transit Administration under the Trump administration.
Streetsblog USA
July 16, 2019, 7am PDT
A 25 percent tariff on steel imports could eventually be passed to transit riders in the form of higher fares.
The Chicago Tribune
July 10, 2019, 6am PDT
A housing researcher formerly with the Obama administration's Treasury Department explains the role of government-sponsored enterprises in opening the housing market with more affordable options.
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
July 8, 2019, 2pm PDT
A couple of questions are fundamental to the debate about the housing affordability crisis.
Urban Institute
July 3, 2019, 6am PDT
The U.S. Department of Commerce was not successful in achieving a highly consequential change to the 2020 Census form, after the Supreme Court ruled it needed a better reason to make the change.
BuzzFeed News
June 26, 2019, 2pm PDT
New efforts by the Trump administration to potentially curtail local land use regulations require closer examination.
The New York Times
June 25, 2019, 12pm PDT
President Trump is scheduled to sign an executive order today that will create a federal-level group to study the obstructionist practices of local governments and the potential for a federal response.
The Wall Street Journal
June 25, 2019, 5am PDT
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, in Minneapolis last week, expressed support for the planning reforms include in the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
Star Tribune
June 21, 2019, 8am PDT
It took less than a year for the EPA to finalize the Affordable Clean Energy rule, which will allow older coal-burning plants to continue operating, in the Trump administration's most consequential environmental rollback accomplished to date.
The New York Times
June 14, 2019, 12pm PDT
President Trump made good on his promise last October to lift the E15 ban in time for the summer driving season. Not mentioned by the Des Moines Register are the downsides to allowing the higher ethanol blend to be sold during the summer, e.g., smog.
Los Angeles Times