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Mayors Appear Increasingly Concerned About Infrastructure

Mayors Appear Increasingly Concerned About Infrastructure

More than half of mayors discussed it during their annual State of the City addresses this year -- double the number four years ago.

Governing.com
BY DANIEL C. VOCK | MAY 28, 2019 AT 9:46 AM

SPEED READ:

  • Infrastructure was the second-most popular topic in mayors' annual addresses this year.
  • Twice as many talked about infrastructure than in 2016.
  • On the federal level, prospects for an infrastructure package have dimmed.

As the prospects for a federal infrastructure package this year become vanishingly thin, mayors are becoming more concerned about infrastructure in their own cities.

More than half of mayors (57 percent) discussed infrastructure at length during their annual State of the City addresses this year, according to a new report by the National League of Cities (NLC). That made it the second-most popular topic for the second year in a row, trailing only economic development.

It’s no surprise that infrastructure ranks high among mayors' concerns. After all, there aren’t many problems more commonly associated with local government than potholes and leaky pipes. But mayors are talking about it more often than in recent years. Only 31 percent of mayors discussed infrastructure in their annual speeches in 2016, climbing to 48 percent in 2017 and reaching roughly 60 percent in the last two years, the NLC noted... FULL ARTICLE

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