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David Harrison


David Harrison covers immigration, labor, retirement security and other social policy beats. Before joining CQ Roll Call in April 2011, he worked at Stateline and at the Roanoke Times in Virginia, where he contributed to the newspaper's coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. He is a graduate of Carleton College and George Washington University, where he earned a master's degree in public policy.

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Ahead of Highway Bill Deadline, One Republican's Evolution on the Road to Transport Devolution

March 4, 2015

Supporters of a strong federal role in transportation have what seems like an unlikely ally in their effort to shift the direction of highway spending from Washington to the states.

Infrastructure Bonds Provide Funding Option

Jan. 28, 2015

Robert Puentes, an infrastructure expert at the Brookings Institution, said federally backed infrastructure bonds could encourage state and local governments to step into the bond market once again.

Tailing Europe, U.S. Is on the Road to New Investment Bonds

Jan. 28, 2015

The White Houseís idea to promote public- private partnerships with a new kind of investment bond could raise billions of dollars for transportation projects with relatively little fiscal effect on the government, but the big infrastructure projects carry big risks for the private sector.

White House's New Bonds Seek to Attract Private Investment

Jan. 16, 2015

The White Houseís effort to promote public-private partnerships for infrastructure is the latest effort to tap the private sector for funds in an era of tight fiscal constraints. The outcome, if successful, could raise billions of dollars for investment in transportation projects with relatively little fiscal effect on the government.

Wisconsin Proposal Will Figure in Presidential Politics

Dec. 15, 2014

Wisconsin is a particularly significant test case for considering alternatives to the excise tax on fuel, especially considering the proposal that emerged in the days after Gov. Scott Walker won re-election.

State Fees on Hybrid, Electric Cars Suggest Alternative Path for Highway Funding

Dec. 15, 2014

In his Nov. 14 budget request, Mark Gottlieb, Wisconsinís secretary of Transportation, suggested assessing a special $50 registration fee on owners of hybrid and electric vehicles ďto ensure these owners continue to pay their fair share of the operating costs of our infrastructure.Ē

Are Skies Clearing for Rebuilding Air Traffic Control?

Dec. 1, 2014

The question of whether the government should run the air traffic control system has been hanging over the aviation industry, and Capitol Hill, at least since President Ronald Reagan quashed the 1981 controllersí strike. Any talk about restructuring or privatizing the operations now under the Federal Aviation Administration has long been blocked by the union representing the controllers, however, arguing that air traffic control is inherently a government function.

Looking for Investment in the Next Generation

Dec. 1, 2014

Privatization backers of a corporation model such as the one used in Canada would help advance the technological upgrades required under the beleaguered NextGen air traffic control modernization program.

Jobs Gains Ease Wage Pressure -- on Congress

Nov. 12, 2014

The gradually building recovery in the labor market may be one reason for the lack of urgency on Capitol Hill for action on the minimum wage.

Ballot Actions Only Sharpen the Divide on Minimum Wage

Nov. 12, 2014

The strong support voters showed in the midterm elections for increasing the minimum wage reinforced the idea of broad popular support for raising the wage floor and led Democrats to revive their calls for a higher federal minimum.

Amtrak Looks for Balance Between Serving Northeast Corridor, the Rest of the Country

Sept. 15, 2014

A traveler wishing to ride the rails in Amtrakís Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., and Boston can choose from dozens of trains per day. Anyone wishing to ride the Sunset Limited from New Orleans to Los Angeles, however, has more limited options: Thereís one train on Monday, one on Wednesday and one on Saturday.

Road Closed to Investor Cash for Infrastructure Funding

July 28, 2014

Pension funds are slowly starting to take a look at investing in infrastructure projects, raising hopes among transportation advocates and lawmakers that the countryís roads and bridges could see an infusion of private cash.

Advocates See Hope in Plan to Raise Federal Gas Tax To Keep Highway Trust Fund Going

July 14, 2014

Raising the federal gasoline tax has been a goal of many transportation policy and industry analysts, though they sometimes roll their eyes when they talk about it or smile ruefully. One lobbyist describes it as a glowing ember, carefully nurtured for years in the hopes that it could someday spark a change.

GOP Plan to Save Highway Trust Fund May Win By Default

July 9, 2014

The House Republican plan to prevent, through the middle of next year, the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund is drawing grumbles from both the left and the right, but there is increasing recognition that Congress has little choice but to enact it, or something like it.

Uncertain Future for Next Week's Highway Trust Fund Extension Vote

July 9, 2014

House GOP leadership is prepared to push ahead on legislation to save the Highway Trust Fund from looming insolvency, with a vote expected on the chamber floor next week.

Conservatives See Highway Trust Fund Fight as Road to State Control of Transportation Spending

June 23, 2014

Conservative groups and Republican lawmakers want to revive a policy debate over the federal role in transportation policy as Congress gets ready to debate a long-term reauthorization of highway and transit programs.

House GOP Drops Postal Rescue for Highway Fund

June 13, 2014

House leaders are setting aside a plan to finance a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund with cutbacks in U.S. Postal Service operations after a late barrage of opposition from rank-and-file members.

Solutions to Highway Fund Shortfall in the Slow Lane

June 9, 2014

Congress is once more setting itself up for a last-minute funding crisis, set to hit right before lawmakers take off for their August recess.

Manufacturing's Comeback: Numbers Fabricate a Complicated-Yet-Rosy Outlook

May 7, 2014

American manufacturing hit an important milestone in April, when the Commerce Department reported that the sector had recovered all the value lost in the recession.

History Shows Overtime Pay Protections Are Disconnected From Employer Hiring

March 26, 2014

The Obama administrationís initiative to expand overtime pay protections may present tough choices for businesses, but several economic studies suggest companies wonít respond with new hiring.

Department of Labor Will Examine Pay Threshold, Management Exemption for Overtime

March 26, 2014

It will likely be months before the Obama administration details the specific changes it plans for overtime rules, but officials are looking at making two significant shifts.

Expanded EITC May Offer New Lessons in Labor Economics

March 5, 2014

The White House decision to include an expansion of the earned income tax credit in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal added to the growing attention the credit has gained this year as lawmakers and policymakers search for ways to address the countryís widening income gap.

New York Provides EITC Test Case

March 5, 2014

Obama administration staffers working on the presidentís proposal to double the earned income tax credit availability to single childless workers could take a lesson from New York City, which last year launched a pilot program to do just that.

Solutions to the Retirement Problem, Compared

Feb. 12, 2014

It can be hard to keep track of all the various retirement security proposals proposed by lawmakers and think tanks over the past few years. Here is a list of a few of the major aspects of some of the proposals.

As 'Retirement Gap' Concerns Reach Across Partisan Divide, Senators Propose Savings Solutions

Feb. 12, 2014

When President Barack Obama introduced a new retirement savings plan during his State of the Union speech last month, the Republican response was uncharacteristically muted. Although Republicans were upset about the presidentís new reliance on executive authority to push his agenda, they had few harsh words about the details of the retirement idea.

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