Making smart choices about infrastructure policy can help address larger policy challenges, from transportation to technology to clean energy. Pew’s research examines issues that are critical to improving the economy, our shared environment, and civic life. It includes a focus on understanding the partnership of the federal government, states, and localities.
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Barricaded trails, broken restrooms, crumbling bridges, breached water mains, deteriorating historic buildings, and even leaking sewer pipes are all signs of the NPS’ growing maintenance backlog. Earlier this year, the agency announced that it is facing an estimated $12 billion in deferred infrastructure repairs. The accumulation is largely the result of years of congressional underfunding... Read More
Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Senate has debated comprehensive energy legislation for the first time since 2007. The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012), co-sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), aims, in part, to upgrade America’s energy infrastructure and contains provisions to increase the deployment of renewable and efficient energy... Read More
The housing and public health sectors have a long history of working together to protect and promote health. Beginning in the late 19th century, efforts to eradicate infectious diseases, including typhoid, cholera, and tuberculosis, resulted in policies and programs, such as building codes and housing inspection systems, that have been critical in improving housing quality and preventing disease... Read More