America's transportation infrastructure includes our highways, bridges, tunnels, railways, airports, transit systems, ports, and freight goods movement.
America's water systems includes our dams, levees, waterways, as well as our drinking water and wastewater treatment plants.
Building America's Future Educational Fund (BAF-EF) released a study on America's economic competitiveness as it relates to infrastructure.Related Topics:Economy
With innovations in new technology we can find better ways to move goods and people more efficiently, quickly, and in smarter ways and improve other infrastructure sectors across the United States.
Ensuring a reliable and efficient energy grid is vital to ensuring that America remains attractive for business growth and expansion, and that Americans retain the high quality of life we have come to expect.
Improving Americans' Quality of Life
People and goods must have the ability to move quickly and efficiently from one location to another. If the U.S. population continues to grow then the problems we face today with congestion, gridlock, deteriorating roads and bridges, and failing levees will only get worse.
Consider the following:
National Infrastructure Bank
A National Infrastructure Bank (Bank) could help leverage billions of private-sector dollars that could be invested in critical nationally or regionally significant infrastructure projects.
A National Infrastructure Bank could be successful if these basic concepts are considered:Related Topics:Accountability & Reforms
January 30, 2015
Infrastructure in the News: January 30, 2015
BAF IN THE NEWS
Transport Topics: Former Pa. Governor Urges Senators to Raise Gas Tax
Reminding lawmakers about the urgent need to rebuild the country's aging transportation network, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) told a key Senate panel on Jan. 29 that they need to raise fuel taxes.
“It’s absolutely the least you can do,” Rendell told the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee. “We will support you. The American people will groan for a little bit, but after a while they won’t have any idea that you raised the gas tax.”
Rendell, co-chairman of the infrastructure advocacy group Building America's Future, promoted a bipartisan proposal offered last year that called for increasing the gas and diesel taxes by 6 cents each year for the next two years, for a total increase of 12 cents. The plan, sponsored by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), would have been indexed to inflation using the Consumer Price Index. Congress adjourned without acting on the proposal.Read More
January 29, 2015
2015 State of the State: Infrastructure Mentions
It's that time of year again... Governors across the nation are making State of the State speeches to set their vision and policy agenda for 2015.
Curious how they’re prioritizing infrastructure? Reforming how projects are funded? Planning on upgrading our water infrastructure and repair our roads/bridges? BAFEF created this webpage to serve as a one-stop-shop for any infrastructure-related mentions.Read More
- Press Release Former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell Calls for Port, Waterway Strategy in Speech to American Association of Port Authorities Read More
- Press Release BAF Educational Fund Releases Infrastructure Report: Falling Apart and Falling Behind Read More
- Published Report An Economic Analysis of Infrastructure Investment Read More
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