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Planes, trains and automobiles: Will the public infrastructure law be a game-changer?


November 19, 2022

One of the long-standing public policy disagreements between Republicans and Democrats is over when government intervention in the economy is warranted. Republicans are prone to criticize government programs as being wasteful and inefficient, while Democrats maintain they can help to fill gaps that the private sector cannot or will not address.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), enacted one year ago, is an area where bipartisan agreement was possible. When President Biden assumed office, both Republicans and Democrats recognized that spending on public infrastructure was inadequate. Indeed, the American Society of Civil Engineers assigned a “D+” rating in assessing the quality of U.S. infrastructure in 2017 after President Trump assumed office.

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