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Action time! Next steps on LD 1168!

LD 1168 was voted “Ought to Pass” by the 127th Legislature’s Judiciary Committee by 6 – 3

LD 1168 prevents eminent domain from being used by a private entity, or in certain Public-Private Partnerships (P3) on behalf of a private entity, by amending the Public-Private-Partnership for Transportation Projects Law[1], and the law that restricts eminent domain use[2].

Video of the work session and vote for LD 1168 is located at:

http://youtu.be/-JkymA9rCmE

(thank you Eric Tuttle […]

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Meeting with MDOT & LD 1168

Letter to STEWC email notification list from Chris Buchanan on 4-9-15

Hi everyone,

As many of you know, our bill to close the loophole in the PPP law, LD 506, was unanimously defeated in the Transportation Committee last week, which is a bummer. But, we’re not done with advocating for better state policy!

We are now asking for your support on LD 1168. Below and attached are the talking points that we’ve written up for LD 1168 to help […]

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Series of 3rd party reports blast PPP, toll roads, and dishonest investment projections

The following investigative articles by Angie Schmitt and Payton Chung were published between November 19, 2014 and November 25, 2014 on the Steetsblog Network:

The Indiana Toll Road and the Dark Side of Privately Financed Highways

How Macquarie Makes Money By Losing Money on Toll Roads

The Great Traffic Projection Swindle

Toll Roads Increasingly Put Taxpayers at Risk

The Indiana Toll Road and the Dark Side of Privately Financed Highways

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | by and | Streetsblog USA

Link to Original Article.

This is the first post in a three-part series on the Indiana Toll Road and the use of private finance to build and maintain highways. Part two takes a closer look at how Australian firm Macquarie manages its infrastructure assets. Continue reading The Indiana Toll Road and the Dark Side of Privately Financed Highways

Obama Shifts To Urge Private Investment in Transportation Infrastructure

Obama Shifts to Urge Private Investment in Roads, Bridges

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By Lisa Lerer and Angela Greiling Keane | July 17, 2014 | Bloomberg Businessweek

President Barack Obama tours the The Federal Highway Administration’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center on July 15, 2014 in Mclean, Virginia. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Stymied by Congress in passing a multiyear solution for transportation funding, President Barack Obama is looking to […]

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Caution signs abound for N.J. toll road sell-off

Abigail Field: Privatization Is Driven By Private Greed and Public Cowardice (and Public Greed, Too)

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Posted on May 12, 2014 by Lambert Strether

Lambert here: Apparently, IBGYBG (“I’ll Be Gone, You’ll Be Gone”) applies in government as well as Finance. How cozy.

By Abigail Caplovitz Field, an attorney and a freelance writer. She writes news for Benzinga.com and others, and posts a new blog every Sunday morning at Reality Check.

“Privatization” and “public-private-partnerships” for infrastructure and other public assets are scams driven by private greed […]

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