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The Case for an Infrastructure-Led Jobs and Growth Strategy

February 23, 2010

As the Senate takes up a greatly scaled down $15 billion jobs bill stripped of all infrastructure spending, the nation should consider the compelling case for public infrastructure investment offered by Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and Ed Rendell (D-PA). Appearing on ABC’s "This Week" on Sunday, the bipartisan Co-Chairs of Building America's Future explained why rebuilding America’s infr

What the U.S. (Even California) Can Learn from Europe

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 12:00pm

Please join the New America Foundation for a conversation with Steven Hill about his new book, Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age. And find out why California would be better off seceding from the U.S. and joining the European Union!

Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age

January 11, 2010

"Europe's Promise is a timely and provocative book..."  - Foreign Affairs

"Europe's Promise should startle, inform, and galvanize Americans in raising the ante in favor of a political economy where people matter first." -Ralph Nader

Does Broadband Boost Economic Development?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 10:00am

With the National Broadband Plan due to Congress in just over a month and the next round of broadband stimulus funding fast approachingm, the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative has invited Jed Kolko, Associate Director and Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, to discuss an important question: What is the relationship between broadband and economic development?

Tax Credit Bonds and the Recovery Act

  • By
  • Daniel Mandel,
  • New America Foundation
December 17, 2009

In a new slideshow issue brief, Economic Growth Program Associate Daniel Mandel examines several new tax credit bond programs included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Mandel describes the differences between tax credit bonds and traditional tax exempt bonds, and analyzes in particular the success of Build America Bonds, which have attracted new classes of investors to the municipal bond markets and lowered the cost of borrowing for state and local governments. 

Jobs and the New Growth Agenda

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
December 2, 2009

President Obama’s December 3rd jobs summit has drawn attention to the debate over policy options for job creation. The case for intelligent and aggressive public policy to promote job creation, in addition to the helpful but inadequate stimulus package, is overwhelming. The official unemployment rate is currently 10.2 percent, and rises to 17.5 percent when marginally attached workers and those working part-time out of necessity are included.

An Economic Recovery Program for the Post-Bubble Economy

July 29, 2008

The American economy is in trouble. Battered and bruised by the collapsing housing and credit bubbles, and by high oil and food prices, it is having trouble finding its footing. The stimulus medicine the Federal Reserve and Congress administered earlier this year is already wearing off, while home prices are still falling and unemployment continues to creep upward. By the time a new president is sworn in, there is a good chance the economy will have stalled again, and the hope for a relatively quick rebound will have given way to the fear of a protracted slowdown.

Steel Wheel Interstates

January 30, 2009

This proposal offers dramatic improvements in highway safety and public health, as well as much reduced highway maintenance and construction costs. It will also significantly reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic jams, and shipping costs while providing significant short- and long-term economic stimulus. If fully implemented, it could get as many as 83 percent of all long-haul trucks off our nation's highways by 2030, reduce carbon emissions by 39 percent and oil consumption by 15 percent. Call it the "Back on Tracks" project.

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Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age

January 4, 2010

New America will be hosting two events with Steven Hill to discuss this book and Europes evolving leadership. Join us Thursday, January 21 at 12:15 p.m. and Friday, January 22 at Noon ET.

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Railroads Seek More Tax Breaks For Investment | CNNMoney.com

January 28, 2009
"This is an opportunity to do something truly dramatic," said Phillip Longman , a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. ...
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