New reports from the Congressional Research Service on topics of economic policy include the following (all pdf).
“Boosting U.S. Exports: Selected Issues for Congress,” July 21, 2011
“Inflation: Causes, Costs, and Current Status,” July 26, 2011
“Can Contractionary Fiscal Policy Be Expansionary?,” June 6, 2011
A uniform software tool for inputting building permit data would make the U.S. Census Bureau’s Building Permit Survey (BPS) more reliable, and it would also facilitate more fine-grained geographical analysis of new housing development.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) should prioritize funding water projects for local governments that would expand the production of new housing in their service areas if given the water resources to do so.
Congress needs to amend the definition of a manufactured home to remove the phrase “on a permanent chassis.” By doing this, Congress can eliminate wasted construction materials, allow new multifamily design options under the HUD Code, and unleash competition from factory-built manufactured housing.
Satellite images show that the Navy has begun construction of a new nuclear weapons storage and handling facility at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.