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Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure

But passing an expensive infrastructure package could be a challenge. Will 2018 be any different? The most pressing infrastructure need for the United States is improved operation and maintenance of the mature infrastructures systems that we already have. That includes roads, interstate highway systems, arterials, and local streets, as well as bridges and tunnels.

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  2. So what if I told you that higher-quality infrastructure increases business volume, lowers transportation among other costs, improves quality of life particularly for the poor , and creates good-paying jobs? At the top of the list is the imperative to better understand our infrastructure.
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That can include seaports, airports, dams, levees, drinking water systems, wastewater treatment systems and other basic infrastructure like street lights and sidewalks. At the top of the list is the imperative to better understand our infrastructure. It is the economic backbone of our country and crucial to our well-being, yet we rely on what we think about infrastructure, not what we know. We need inventories and priorities, not trillion-dollar estimates.

We can all help by recognizing and rewarding state and local governments that are implementing asset management systems designed to inventory infrastructure, monitor condition, and schedule improvements, so that more will follow their lead.

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  • Drafting a major infrastructure bill is no doubt a daunting task;
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American infrastructure was once the envy of the world. A 21st century economy needs a 21st century infrastructure system. Is that enough funding to make a real difference?

Asset recycling is the idea that the government that owns the assets — and the owner of the vast majority of infrastructure in the U. So assess what you have, and figure out the best way to manage it. Then any proceeds raised from this process are put back into state and local infrastructure.

It is impossible to know what level of funding will make an impact until we can articulate what is most urgently needed, what is no longer needed, and what will be needed. This is an investment worth making. This is basic economics.

If you go to the grocery store and buy a loaf of bread, you pay for that bread. The best long-term sustainable funding solution is some sort of direct per-unit user fee. To get to a solution, we first need to resolve which level of government should pay for which public goods. Removing this uncertainty in a political-proof way will enable all governments to develop long-term strategies and plans which can be understood and supported by taxpayers.

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  5. I think Congress could come together and show voters they can pass a serious infrastructure reform bill. Consider, for example, our dam systems.

Second, we need to reconcile regulation and reality. For policymakers, infrastructure is about service delivery at affordable rates.

What would it take to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure?

In reality, infrastructure is about managing high-maintenance, capital-intensive assets to deliver services with hard costs. These are formidable prerequisites to developing an effective funding strategy. Doing so, however, would enable us to end our default practice of using debt to finance unprioritized infrastructure. We believe a modest increase in the federal fuel user fee is the most sensible solution. Fixing potholes seems like a bipartisan win-win.

Yet for the past decade Congress has failed to pass major, long-term infrastructure bills. The challenge is that neither party wants to raise the federal gas tax, but at the same time they want to fund infrastructure. Without an understanding of what our infrastructure priorities are, it is difficult to propose comprehensive legislation that makes sense or to determine which level of government should pay for it. There are only two options for how to pay for infrastructure—user fees or taxes—and few seem willing to make that call.

Drafting a major infrastructure bill is no doubt a daunting task. But the longer we wait, the tougher the decisions become and the more the projects will cost. After years of talking about failing infrastructure, it looks like we finally have the right ingredients to take serious action, including public support and political will.

America’s Crumbling Infrastructure and its Economic Impact

Both sides will need to commit to a give-and-take as the policy process gets underway, but we know that now is the time to seize on this momentum. Are you optimistic that Congress will pass an infrastructure bill in an election year, or do you think the issue will fall by the wayside?

I am optimistic that Congress will pass an infrastructure bill. Compared to the Affordable Care Act and the recent tax reform bill, which passed on party lines, infrastructure is inherently a more bipartisan issue.

What do you think? Leave a respectful comment.

I think Congress could come together and show voters they can pass a serious infrastructure reform bill. It has been reported that the administration will put forward a comprehensive set of principles to frame how we should approach our infrastructure needs, coupled with funding recommendations to support the principles.

I am optimistic that initiating legislative debate with a principled approach will greatly help us tackle the tough issues of how we prioritize and pay for our infrastructure.

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Yes, we are optimistic that this is the year that Washington, D. Chamber is prepared to stand with those lawmakers who make infrastructure a priority for action this year.