NYC to require 5¢ charge for single-use shopping bags

The New York City Council passed legislation today that would require stores in the city to charge five cents for a single-use bag — a big win for the environment.

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A major economic report—and my small role in its release

Last Friday, The United States Conference of Mayors issued a major economic report on the contributions of urban areas to the national economy—and I got to play a small but important role in its release.

Does America need its states?

The United States is naturally organized economically, culturally, and historically around cities and metro areas, yet politically it's organized into states. When 90% of the national economy is in urban areas, do states' anti-urban policies work to the detriment of the national and, ironically, state economies?

Obama administration submits transportation bill to Congress

The Obama administration has submitted a four-year transportation proposal to Congress which, among other things, improves the highway/transit funding split to 75/25, allocates nearly $5 billion annually for high-speed rail, and plugs the hole in the almost-out-of-money Highway Trust Fund.