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Here's What Global Building Companies Say About Designing Trump's Wall

March 7, 2017 On Febuary 24, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced a solicitation for the design and construction of the U.S. border wall with Mexico. That offer, which drew the interest of scores of companies, gave a deadline for wall prototype concepts of Friday, March 10. But the agency has...

Almost 200 Firms Have Bid To Build Trump's Border Wall

February 28, 2017 The federal government’s solicitation for the design and construction of a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico has already drawn interest from nearly 200 construction and engineering firms, just days after the notice first appeared. Companies from 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have signaled their...

Almost 200 Firms Have Bid To Build Trump's Border Wall

February 28, 2017 The federal government’s solicitation for the design and construction of a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico has already drawn interest from nearly 200 construction and engineering firms, just days after the notice first appeared. Companies from 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have signaled their...

The Great Texas Pension Fix

January 18, 2017 When Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner took office last year, he inherited a sweeping pension crisis. The city had an unfunded liability of $5.6 billion, a figure representing Houston’s obligations to its fire, police, and municipal pension systems. Then it got worse: After he took office and got a closer look...

A Florida Mayor Fights the Gun Lobby

January 6, 2017 In 2014, two gun-rights organizations, Florida Carry and the Second Amendment Foundation, sued the city of Tallahassee and various of its officials over a pair of laws, passed in 1957 and 1988, that prohibit residents from discharging firearms in public parks. Those local regulations retroactively violated a Florida state law,...

Julián Castro, Leveling the Playing Field

January 2, 2017 The Supreme Court’s 2015 decision on “disparate impact” in fair housing preserved a reading of the Fair Housing Act that has guided the country for the last half-century, however imperfectly. The 5-4 ruling affirmed that a housing policy that disproportionately negatively affects minorities counts as racial discrimination, even if that...

What's at Stake in Trump's Pick to Lead HUD

November 14, 2016 Rumors about the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are not burning down the house. The names for the person President-elect Donald Trump will tap to lead HUD are not swirling as fast as the speculation about his potential picks to lead up State, Treasury,...

The U.S. Is Making Its Border Stations More Welcoming

October 13, 2016 Contrary to Donald Trump’s claims, the U.S. government isn’t neglecting its borders. It’s just the opposite: The U.S. is investing in them heavily, replacing border stations that used to be little more than shacks with facilities that are modern, secure, and welcoming. Border-control facilities took home two of the 2016...

The Cities That Are Fighting Back Against State Intervention

October 4, 2016 Back in May, Ohio passed a new state law targeting an old Cleveland ordinance. The state law, HB 180, preempted a 12-year-old municipal law that requires contractors to hire locally. The state’s legislation prohibited Cleveland or any other city in Ohio from passing local-hire laws. Late in August, Cleveland struck...

Earnings Are Rising, Along With the Damned Rent

September 14, 2016 The news out of Tuesday’s U.S. Census data release is unambiguously good. There are three indicators of well-being in the annual Current Population Survey report on home economics. This year, for the first time since 1999, all three of those indicators are pointing in the right direction. Jason Furman, the...