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We’ll Always Have Paris

Certainly nothing in President Trump’s Rose Garden announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement resembled that bittersweet moment between Rick and Ilsa in Casablanca.  Despite the momentous decision, however, it remains likely that the citizens of this country and around the world “will always have Paris.” This is not some … Continue Reading

When Does $1,000,000,000,000 ≠ $1,000,000,000,000?

The long-anticipated Trump infrastructure plan is almost ready, but the preview of that plan as reflected in the administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget has already prompted strong reactions.  Two things are clear: the promised $1 trillion dollar investment in infrastructure may be illusory, at best, and the plan’s outline represents a fundamental shift in the … Continue Reading

Buy American/Hire American Policies Previewed in Latest Executive Order

  When clients ask about “Buy American” restrictions, which apply to direct purchases by the federal government, they don’t always realize that they are referring to a shifting body of legislation that has been around for more than 80 years, since the Buy American Act of 1933 was passed. Since then, Buy American legislation has grown … Continue Reading

Regulatory Reform: Be Careful What You Wish For

A constant refrain from clients over the years, in both the public and private sectors, is that certainty may be the most valuable characteristic of any regulatory program.  The “Waters of the United States” controversy perfectly illustrates this perspective.  One could argue whether the Army Corps of Engineers’ reach over jurisdictional waters governed by Section … Continue Reading

Poof! Administration Makes CEQ Greenhouse Gas NEPA Guidance Disappear. Or Did It?

The duo of Penn & Teller is one of my favorite acts. I appreciate not only their irreverent sense of humor, but their unabashed respect for their audiences.  Their tricks are designed to amaze, but they just as quickly reveal exactly how they performed the illusion.  Somehow, knowing how their magic works in no way … Continue Reading

Hidden Behind the President’s Proposed EPA Cuts, an Infrastructure Silver Lining

As expected, President Trump’s recently released “skinny budget” proposes deep cuts to EPA’s 2018 fiscal year funding. The outline calls for Congress to slash $2.4 billion from EPA’s existing budget, reducing the agency’s funding from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion.  This 31 percent budget reduction would force the agency to axe over 50 programs and … Continue Reading
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