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2018 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 2018.

Curious how they’re prioritizing infrastructure? Reforming how projects are funded? Planning on upgrading our water infrastructure and repair our roads/bridges? We created this webpage to serve as a one-stop-shop for any infrastructure-related mentions.

Alabama

Governor Kay Ivey (R)

Date:  January 9

Link to speech:  https://governor.alabama.gov/remarks-speeches/2018-state-of-the-state-address/

“Though we are almost two decades into the 21st century, many of our rural communities do not have adequate access to broadband.  Adequate broadband enhances educational opportunities, increases economic development prospects and develops critical communication systems.  I strongly support legislation to encourage new broadband investments, and I ask the legislature to join me in assessing our state’s broadband needs, to ensure resources are placed where they are most needed.”

Alaska

Governor Bill Walker (I)

Date:  January 18

Link to speech:  https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018-State-of-the-State.pdf

“And we know that the Port of Anchorage is in dire need of repairs and upgrades.  This bill includes partial funding of phase one of that work, in conjunction with funding from the Municipality of Anchorage.  Passage of the Economic Recovery Act will reduce our huge and growing contingent liability of deferred maintenance throughout Alaska, provide a needed shot in the arm to the economy and create jobs, capture revenue from outside workers, and move us toward a balanced overall solution.”

California

Governor Jerry Brown (D)

Date:  January 25

Link to speech:  https://www.gov.ca.gov/2018/01/25/governor-brown-delivers-2018-state-of-the-state-address-california-is-setting-the-pace-for-america/

“Our economy, the sixth largest in the world, depends on mobility, which only a modern and efficient transportation system provides.  The vote on the gas tax was not easy but it was essential, given the vast network of roads and bridges on which California depends and the estimated $67 billion in deferred maintenance on our infrastructure.  Tens of millions of cars and trucks travel over 330 billion miles a year.  The funds that SB 1 makes available are absolutely necessary if we are going to maintain our roads and transit systems in good repair.  Twenty-five other states have raised gas taxes.  Even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called for a federal gas tax because the highway trust fund is nearly broke.

Government does what individuals can’t do, like build roads and bridges and support local bus and light rail systems.  This is our common endeavor by which we pool our resources through the public sector and improve all of our lives.”

Colorado

Governor John Hickenlooper (D)

Date:  January 11

Link to speech:  https://www.colorado.gov/governor/sites/default/files/2018_state_of_the_state_speech.pdf

“I’m forgetting about some other type of infrastructure…what is it?  Oh right, the multi billion dollar hole in our roads.  It’s about connecting to our communities, our jobs, our markets, and the people we love.  And good infrastructure creates good jobs.”  “ …..Coloradans want to invest in our quality of life – because of our affection for Colorado.  And allow us to pass that affection confidently on to the next generation.”  “….We need to be even more ambitious.  It’s time we look at a long term solution with a sustainable funding source.  There’s broad agreement – across party lines.  Coloradans deserve the opportunity to vote on whether we need new resources and where they should come from.  It’s time to go to the voters.”

Delaware

Governor John Carney (D)

Date:  January 18

Link to Speech:  https://medium.com/@JohnCarneyDE/governor-carneys-2018-state-of-the-state-address-e5ea7bb1e287

“In particular, we heard concerns about DelDOT’s Permitting process.  We listened.  A few weeks ago, Secretary Cohan announced a package of process improvements to make it easier for employers to do business with the state.  We cut project review timelines dramatically, so business can get busy putting Delawareans to work.”

Florida

Governor Rick Scott (R)

Date:  January 9

Link to Address:  https://www.flgov.com/2018/01/09/governor-rick-scotts-2018-state-of-the-...

“We must secure our future by investing record funding in our environment, our education system and our transportation infrastructure.”

Georgia

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

Date:  January 11

Link to Speech:  https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2018-01-11/deal%E2%80%99s-state-state-address-%E2%80%98orchards-opportunity%E2%80%99

“Thanks to the Transportation Funding Act, we are preparing for future generations and the sustained growth we’re seeing throughout the state through our unprecedented 10-year, $11 billion transportation investment plan. “

Indiana

Governor Eric Holcomb (R)

Date:  January 9

Link to speech:  http://www.in.gov/gov/files/2018_Public_StateoftheState_FINAL.pdf

“We have a fully-funded infrastructure program that provides long-term certainty.  Our Next Level Roads Program provides nearly $6 billion in this biennium alone, includes significantly more resources to local communities all across the state, and will increase year after year after year.  Thanks to your efforts to convert plans into projects, Indiana’s infrastructure investment is the envy of the nation.”

Iowa

Governor Kim Reynolds (R)

Date:  January 9

Link to speech:  https://governor.iowa.gov/2018/01/gov-reynolds-delivers-condition-of-the-state-address

“This new initiative will promote investment and connect rural Iowa by expanding broadband capabilities in every corner of our state.  Our goal:  to keep and bring home Iowa’s sons and daughters and grow the next generation of community leaders.”

Kentucky

Governor Matt Bevin (R)

January 16

Link to press release:  http://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=KentuckyGovernor&prId=575

The Governor called for tax reform which he explained would spur economic growth and result in much-needed additional revenue for education, public safety, infrastructure, health care and other vital services.

Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan (R)

Date:  January 31

Link to speech:  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-state-of-state-20180131-story.html

“When it comes to rebuilding Maryland’s transportation infrastructure, we are moving forward with nearly all of the highest priority transportation projects in every single jurisdiction all across Maryland.  We are making record investments for innovative traffic relief with major improvements to the Baltimore Beltway, I-95, the Capital Beltway, Route 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.  We have nearly 1,000 projects totaling $9 billion currently under construction from one corner of the state to the other, and we have already repaved 8,000 lane-miles – more than one-third of the entire state highway system.  Construction of the long-anticipated Purple Line is underway, which represents the largest public-private transit project in the nation.  We have been breaking records at the Port of Baltimore for three straight years, and BWI Marshall has become the number one airport in the region and one of the most thriving airports in the nation.  On transportation infrastructure, Maryland is leading by action and by example, and we cannot afford to turn back now.”

Massachusetts

Governor Charlie Baker (R)

Date:  January 23

Link to speech:  https://www.mass.gov/news/governor-baker-delivers-third-state-of-the-commonwealth-address

“With the help of community leaders and our legislative colleagues we instituted programs for small bridge maintenance and repair, made major investments in bike paths and walking trails.  And delivered predictable investments in unrestricted local aid and municipal infrastructure.”

Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder (R)

Date:  January 23

Link to speech:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/snyder/2018_Michigan_State_of_the_State_Transcript_612009_7.pdf

“Now moving on to infrastructure.  In our nation we’ve consistently under-invested in our infrastructure.  Why?  Because it’s not an exciting topic and much of it is hidden from view.  In Michigan, we’ve taken action to do better because infrastructure is critical to the quality of our life and our economic well-being.  In 2015 we passed legislation providing for $1.2 billion more for roads and bridges while also providing $200 million in lower and middle income tax relief with the homestead property tax credit.  Not only will we keep this pledge to accelerate this spending but I’m going to ask for additional budget dollars to go even faster in this next year’s budget.  We can do even better than what we’ve already committed, let’s improve our infrastructure with roads and bridges and make an investment to get rid of those potholes.  Thank you.”

New Mexico

Governor Susana Martinez (R)

Date:  January 16

Link to speech:  http://www.governor.state.nm.us/uploads/PressRelease/191a415014634aa89604e0b4790e4768/Governor_Susana_Martinez_Delivers_State_of_the_State_Address_5.pdf

“Number five – change how we spend infrastructure dollars, invest more in large-scale projects that create jobs in the short-run and lay a long-term foundation for economic growth.  We’ve had success with this – the Paseo del Norte extension, big water projects throughout the state.  And we’ve made strides in reforming how we spend those dollars when they’re appropriated.  In 2010, less than 10 percent of road projects were finished on time or on budget.  That’s changed.  Last year, each and every state highway project was delivered on time and on budget.  Now, I ask the Legislature to join in this effort.  No more doling out state capital funds on pork projects.  Instead, let’s spend those funds on rebuilding the foundation of our economy.”

New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D)

Date: January 3

Link to Speech:  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/video-audio-rush-transcript-governor-cuomo-outlines-2018-agenda-realizing-promise-progressive

“We have been, we are, the nation’s leader in building infrastructure.  And the infrastructure is growing our economy.  We’re ahead of every other state in the nation in terms of infrastructure development.  And we must increase our advantage this year and double-down on our investments.”

Oklahoma

Governor Mary Fallin (R)

Date:  February 5

Link to speech:  https://www.ok.gov/governor/documents/2-5-18%20FINAL%20Governor%20Mary%20Fallin%20State%20of%20the%20State.pdf

“Remember all the road and bridge construction you’ve seen across the state and the good image it gives Oklahoma when we invest in its infrastructure.”

Oregon

Governor Kate Brown (D)

Date:  February 5

Link to speech:  http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media/Pages/speeches/State-of-the-State-2018.aspx

“As an example, we are now investing in broadband and prioritizing infrastructure investments to increase competitiveness in Oregon’s rural industries.”

Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf (D)

Date:  February 6

Link to speech:  https://www.governor.pa.gov/remarks-by-governor-wolf-at-2018-budget-address/

“Over the last three years, we’ve repaired or rebuilt 1,600 bridges, and more than 18,000 miles of roadways.  And over the next decade, we’re going to invest $2 billion more in rebuilding roads, highways, and bridges across our Commonwealth so that our people can get to work and our products can get to market.  It is for these reasons that I think a company lile Amazon is considering Philadelphia or Pittsburgh as the location of its second headquarters.  Businesses don’t invest in states that don’t invest in education, infrastructure or job training.  We’re doing all of these things, and I am hopeful Amazon will come here, build here and expand here.”

Rhode Island

Governor Gina Raimondo (D)

Date:  January 16

Link to speech:  http://www.governor.ri.gov/newsroom/speeches/2018/state-of-the-state.php

“Let’s continue to fix our roads.  When our kids were younger, Andy and I would take them to soccer practice and drive across the Newman Avenue Bridge in East Providence.  That bridge made me so mad.  The Massachusetts side was in great shape.  The road was smooth; the lanes were well marked.  But when we drove back into Rhode Island, you could literally feel exactly where the state line was.  Since then, we made a commitment to fix our roads.  And I want to thank members of this chamber for passing RhodeWorks which has allowed us to fix dozens of roads and bridges all over the state and put thousands of Rhode Islanders to work fixing them.  Let’s keep going.”

Tennessee

Governor Bill Haslam (R)

Date:  January 29

Link to speech:  https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/governorsoffice-documents/governorsoffice-documents/sots-2018/2018_Haslam_SOTS_address.pdf

“And this past year, the IMPROVE Act strategically focused on economic development from multiple angles.  Good roads lead to good jobs.  By providing a safe and reliable transportation network, we’re making sure the next generation of Tennesseans have access to the high quality jobs made possible by a robust transportation system.”

Utah

Governor Gary Herbert (R)

Date:  January 24

Link to speech:  https://governorblog.utah.gov/2018/01/governor-herberts-2018-state-of-the-state-address/

“You already know we need to think proactively about infrastructure so that we maintain what we build, so that users pay their fair share, and so that we are investing in the future of our great state.  You already know that we need to think creatively about transportation funding so that our finite funds provide the most cost effective  solutions, regardless of the mode of travel, for getting people to where they want and need to go.”

Vermont

Governor Phil Scott (R)

Date:  January 4

Link to speech:  http://governor.vermont.gov/sites/scott/files/documents/Governor%20Phil%20Scott%20-%202018%20State%20of%20the%20State%20Address.pdf

“That includes our ongoing work to protect impaired waterways, and address the impacts of climate change.  Last year we committed $51 million to clean water projects, increasing state funding by 70%.  Our agencies of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Transportation have already put more than $17 million to work for cleaner water.  And I know we must find a long-term solution.  I look forward to working together to ensure we invest the money wisely in projects that will produce measurable water quality results.”

Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker (R)

Date:  January 24

Link to speech:  https://walker.wi.gov/speeches/2018-wisconsin-state-state-address

“We invested more than $6 billion into the transportation system in our recent state budget – which brings our total investment to $24 billion over eight years.”

“In our budget, the increases we gave to local governments to fix roads, repair bridges and fill potholes are the largest in 20 years.  We also put large amounts into state highway rehab.  And thanks to the diligent work of Secretary Dave Ross and his team who found savings, we are able to move up projects like Interstate 39/90 and Wisconsin 441, while still keeping major projects like Verona Road on time.  Overall, these savings will move up 26 projects like Highway 18 from Dodgeville to Mount Horeb, Highway 45 in Shawano County, Highway 16 from La Crosse to Sparta, and Highway 172 in Brown County.”

Washington

Governor Jay Inslee (D)

Date:  January 9

Link to speech:  https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/speeches/2018SotS.PDF

“When I came into office, there was doubt we could pass a transportation package.  But we did and it is the largest and greenest transportation package in state history.”

West Virginia

Governor Jim Justice (D)

Date:  January 10

Link to speech:  http://governor.wv.gov/News/press-releases/2018/Pages/2018-West-Virginia-State-of-the-State-Address.aspx

“I’ll end by just saying that I can’t thank you enough, especially our people, as we traveled the land, and we passed the road bond referendum that some thought wasn’t going to pass.  We passed it as 54 out of 55 counties.”

Wyoming

Governor Matt Mead (R)

Date:  February 12

Link to speech:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C6TFp2coeIWsxOEEe-kfOH9DNlH2Juh1/view

“I have said before and say again today:  investment in Wyoming is great investment and this body has invested in Wyoming.  My hats off to the visionaries in this room who planned for and work through these important projects.  However, as we have invested in these projects, we must adjust to these times of constrained revenue recognizing we cannot build at the same rate and must focus on maintaining what we have built.  My budget calls for more dollars for major maintenance recognizing deferred maintenance is in fact deficit spending.”