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Trump and Dems agree America’s infrastructure needs a $2 trillion fix. These 5 states are in the best shape in 2019

Trump and Dems agree America’s infrastructure needs a $2 trillion fix. These 5 states are in the best shape in 2019

CNBC.COM
UPDATED THU, JUL 11 2019  11:42 AM EDT
Scott Cohn

It is one of the few things that Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on, yet they cannot seem to bring themselves to talk about it: America’s infrastructure needs a major overhaul to ensure our country is built for the future. President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have even agreed on a price tag of $2 trillion — although the American Society of Civil Engineers puts it closer to $4.5 trillion. Nevertheless, talks have stalled.

Assuming a federal package is eventually passed, policymakers may want to look at a handful of states that have managed to keep their infrastructures relatively intact despite Washington’s inaction. These states know that a solid infrastructure is a competitive advantage when it comes to attracting business and jobs.

In fact, infrastructure is one of the 10 categories of competitiveness in CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business rankings. We use government data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Census Bureau and the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate each state’s roads, bridges, railways, waterways, ports, airports and utilities, as well as the size of the population within a day’s drive... FULL ARTICLE

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