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STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Some want Detroit to exclude a recalcitrant suburban neighbor; Bay Area cities gearing up for autonomous vehicles; New Jersey praised for bail system overhaul; souring tribal relations in an Oklahoma county.
Since Denver’s airport commuter rail line opened two years ago, problems with wireless technology prompted the use of human backups.
Including for so-called "circuit rider” programs that involve experts who visit communities to help them out with drinking water and wastewater issues.
The proposal may not align perfectly with what many local officials are looking for. But they’re pleased to see it fueling further discussion in D.C. about infrastructure.
Just how targeted are the sensors in South Bend’s sewers?
Hint: 24 states, seeking new revenue, have already done it.
States and localities would play a big role in reaching the Trump administration's $1.5 trillion goal for investment in public works.
"The president talks a big act, but then he proposes a small bill," according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the funding would "augment" existing public works programs.
Q&A: Security and privacy issues will abound if they go unaddressed as cities increasingly install smart infrastructure, according to federal officials.
"If we had 100 people lost to natural disasters or terrorist attacks every day, we would mobilize immediately," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.
The White House budget proposal for fiscal 2019 is due out the same day.
Sen. John Boozman, an Arkansas Republican, says new legislation is meant to help communities "of all sizes, in every state secure loans so they can improve their crumbling infrastructure."
Some officials in the U.S. territory think so. And they’ve already secured a smart cities grant with hopes to expedite resilient hurricane recovery.
"Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment," the president said.
Incremental improvements are often overlooked. But they’re leading to improved travel times between Detroit and Chicago.
Digitizing curbs is “something that has benefit today, benefit in the future, and doesn’t require so much investment from cities that they can’t do it today.”
January 26, 2018
White House adviser DJ Gribbin also told mayors the plan would not propose cuts to existing, "formula" funding programs, like the Highway Trust Fund.
Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced a plan Monday to sell off Prepa, a move he hopes will ease the island’s energy and debt crises. But some groups on the island oppose the measure fiercely.
, The Atlantic
January 24, 2018
Based on the latest Menino Survey of Mayors, it’s “not just a coastal problem, but a problem everywhere.”
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