Entries by ksobel@csg.org

Canada Pushes Airport Preclearance

Canada – U.S. Border Update                                                March 2016 Canada Pushes Airport Preclearance The new Liberal government in Ottawa is making a renewed effort to increase customs preclearance capabilities for persons traveling by air to […]

Transportation Report — March 14

Week of March 14, 2016 “Orphaned” Funds Available Recent new guidance from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced that roughly $2 billion in previously unused earmarks can be put back to work to support infrastructure projects across the country. As previously reported, the guidance implements a provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2016, which gave […]

Transportation Funding

On February 23, The Council of State Governments hosted a webinar on transportation funding, moderated by Sean Sloan, director of transportation and infrastructure policy for CSG.  The speakers included Joe McAndrew, policy director of Transportation for America, Alison Primo Black, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, and […]

Important Developments in Puerto Rico’s Transportation System

On February 25th US DOT Secretary Foxx made an historic trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico with Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau to join Governor Alejandro Javier García Padilla and Puerto Rico Secretary of Transportation and Public Works Miguel Torres Díaz in signing an agreement that further strengthens the development of transportation infrastructure and promotes […]

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Brief Overview for the ERC Region

On August 3, the Obama administration finalized the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever national rule to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also issued final carbon pollution standards for new, modified, and reconstructed power plants, and proposed a federal plan and model trading rules to assist states in […]

2016 State of the States

ERC governors talk about jobs, infrastructure, pension reform, opioid addiction and more… The economy and jobs were the central focus of the 2016 State of the State speeches delivered by the governors of 11 ERC member states (from Maine to Maryland). While there was much talk about budget deficits, fiscal restraint and pension reform, jobs […]

Senate HELP Committee Passes No Child Left Behind Rewrite,  Returns More Control to the States and Reaffirms Commitment to Supporting Underserved Students

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions passed its draft of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (“No Child Left Behind” or NCLB) reauthorization as the “Every Child Achieves Act” unanimously on Thursday. Like the House’s version, “Student Success Act” (passed earlier this year by the House Committee on Education and Workforce Development, […]

Connecticut, National Groups Issue Reports on English Language Learners

In response to concerns about the performance of Connecticut’s English Language Learners (students whose first language is not English and have limited English proficiency), who earned the lowest rates of proficiency and average scaled score on the NAEP in the country, prompted Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) to appoint the English Language Acquisition […]