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This Is Not a Drill. It’s Actually Infrastructure Week

This Is Not a Drill. It’s Actually Infrastructure Week

Congress and Trump are spinning their wheels. But why should all our hopes hang on Washington?
Posted May 14, 2018 5:02 AM
Michele Nellenbach

Starting today, it’s officially Infrastructure Week — as in the annual bipartisan event, not a themed White House push. Remember last year, when optimism was high that Congress and President Donald Trump would soon begin work on a comprehensive infrastructure plan? This year, not so much. The lamentations have already begun: “There’s always next year.”

At forums from coast to coast this week, we’ll hear about the dismal state of our nation’s infrastructure. From the lives lost when bridges fail, to the mounting number of potholes and leaky pipes going unrepaired, the decline of our infrastructure harms Americans every single day.

The American Society of Civil Engineers says ignoring the “infrastructure gap” — or the gap between the current investment and the growing list of needs — will cost the average American household about $110,000 over the next quarter-century. By 2025, the economy could lose upwards of $4 trillion in GDP and 2.5 million jobs. The consequences of inaction are bleak... FULL ARTICLE

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