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Episode 14: The Infrastructure Debate - Challenges and Opportunities of Private - Public Partnerships

Andy Winkler sits down with Meridiam North America’s CEO, James Rubin, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of private – public partnerships throughout the U.S. They discuss everything from permitting issues, funding and financing issues, and technical capacity. They also discuss in-depth about the current renovation and expansion status of LaGuardia Airport.


Episode 13: The Infrastructure Debate – Congestion Pricing

Traffic buildup is a big issue in cities, especially in cities such as New York. One way officials are trying to control growing congestion is through “congestion pricing.” Brianne Eby, a policy analyst from the Eno Center, gives us an overview of what congestion pricing is and how it may be a better alternative to standard tolling. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts... Source


Episode 12: The Infrastructure Debate – The $2 Trillion Deal

It’s infrastructure week. It’s been reported that Trump and Democrats agree to work together on a $2 trillion deal for infrastructure. Jake Varn, Michele Nellenbach and Andy Winkler walk through the possible outcomes of this deal and what is to come next. This podcast can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play. Source


Episode 3: Agreeing to Disagree – Marcus Peacock

This week, Michele is joined by Marcus Peacock, the Chief Operating Officer at Business Roundtable. Marcus has held several high level posts in the U.S. government and worked on Capitol Hill. Source


Episode 2: Agreeing to Disagree – Dr. Laura Brown

BPC’s Michele Nellenbach sits down with Dr. Laura Brown, the director of George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. Their discussion focuses on trends related to the quality of public discourse and how we can restore the ability to agree to disagree. Source


Episode 1: Agreeing to Disagree – Former Governor David Heineman

Former Nebraska Governor David Heineman joins Michele Nellenbach to discuss how he worked with the Nebraska unicameral legislature. As governor, Heineman worked with 49 different operators in the legislature and he shares his experiences of working to negotiate and relationship building during his tenure. Source


Episode 11: The Infrastructure Debate – Infrastructure and Congress

Many are wondering how engaged President Trump actually is on one of his campaign issues: revitalizing the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Eyes are turning back to Congress for a broad infrastructure package. Yet there is an even bigger issue of the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund. BPC’s Jake Varn is joined by former Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Joe Crowley(D-NY) to... Source


Episode 10: The Infrastructure Debate – An Infrastructure Deal in the New Congress

We begin 2019 with a divided Congress but infrastructure has once again emerged as a beacon for bipartisan cooperation. Inside any debate over infrastructure there is one avoidable question, how do we pay for it? Even if this question can be resolved, President Trump’s border wall and climate change could derail any debate on this issue before it even starts. Experts discuss with BPC’s Jake Varn... Source


Possibilities for Budget Process Reform in the New Congress

Flaws in the federal budget process have become self-evident over the past decade, with delayed federal funding and government shutdowns turning into an annual tradition. These concerns have escalated this fiscal year; while 5 of the federal government’s 12 appropriation bills were enacted on time, unfortunately agreement could not be reached on the remainder. This led to the partial government... Source


Episode 9: The Infrastructure Debate – Schools

Of the nearly 100,000 public K-12 schools in the United States, more than one in four are in poor or unsatisfactory condition. Finding additional funding for school facilities is inherently challenging. Should the federal government include schools as a part of a broader infrastructure initiative? BPC’s Jake Varn discusses this issue with Mary FIlardo of the 21st Century School Fund and BPC senior... Source


Episode 8: The Infrastructure Debate – The Wildfires in California

Right now half a dozen wildfires are burning throughout California with devastating impacts. BPC’s Jake Varn talks with James Gore, the Co-Chair of the National Association of Counties Resilient Counties Initiative about these fires and how local officials are responding. James gives his first-hand perspective on what’s happening in California and recounts the impacts of the Tubbs Fire that took... Source


Episode 7: All Things Elections

In this episode of All Things Elections podcast, we speak to Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor of Elections at the Democracy Project and former Federal Compliance Officer for Maricopa County (AZ) Elections, and Linda Lindberg, General Registrar of Arlington County (VA) Elections, about how the vote counting process works from Election Day through the certification of results. We cover absentee and... Source


Episode 6: All Things Elections

Americans are a very mobile society with millions of citizens moving each year both within states and to other states. Until recently, states had few formal options to compare their voter registration lists with one another and almost no mechanism to reach out to eligible but unregistered voters in their jurisdictions. The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), created in 2012 with... Source


Episode 7: The Infrastructure Debate – A Discussion with Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros

Listen in to hear former San Antonio Mayor and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros discussed a variety of infrastructure and economic development issues. The Secretary discusses Opportunity Zones and their potential to transform cities as well as the prognosis for infrastructure in the next Congress. Source


Episode 5: All Things Elections

The contours of the American electorate are constantly changing. Trends in birthrate, educational attainment, and group support for particular parties are measurable and projectable in the short- and long-term. How these factors play out at the individual state and county levels will have huge implications for both Republicans and Democrats as the country heads toward the 2018 and 2020 elections... Source


Episode 6: The Infrastructure Debate – Congress and the Gas Tax

BPC sits down with Chris Vieson, Staff Director for the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, to discuss Chairman Shuster’s recently released infrastructure plan, and the outlook for bipartisan progress in Congress. The new proposal wants to fix the Highway Trust Fund before it goes insolvent, but can Shuster’s gas tax ideas break the deadlock? This podcast can also be found on... Source


Episode Five: The Infrastructure Debate – Water Infrastructure

Recently, nearly a fourth of Washington, D.C. was under a Water Boil Advisory. Each year, about 7,000 Boil Water Advisories are issues across the country. This is a stark reminder of the state of our nation’s infrastructure and how vital systems are often severely neglected. Jake Varn sits down with Nathan Ohle, the Executive Director at RCAP and John Lisle, Chief of External Affairs at DC... Source


Episode 4: All Things Elections

Suspected meddling during the 2016 presidential election led to a controversial Department of Homeland Security designation of elections as critical infrastructure. This federal foray into election security met with initial criticism and concerns about the appropriate role between local, state, and federal government officials in keeping the electoral process secure. In just about a year and a... Source


Episode Four: The Infrastructure Debate – Tolling

BPC’s Jake Varn and Michele Nellenbach discuss tolling of roads and highways. They are joined by Darrin Roth of the American Trucking Associations and Joe McAndrew of the Greater Washington Partnership to discuss the pros and cons of tolling. Listen to this podcast here or subscribe to our channel on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher. Source


Accountability for Higher Education Institutions

Currently, just two-fifths of first time full time students graduate from college with a bachelors degree in four years. On top of that, tuition prices continue to climb, debt levels swell, and student outcomes remain stagnant. Is there a need for oversight and accountability of higher education institutions? BPC’s Senior Policy Analyst Kenny Megan sits down with Professor Robert Kelchen... Source