Investment in Local Infrastructure

If there is one thing we should ALL agree on it’s that high-quality infrastructure is essential to safety, security, as well as economic growth. We need to ensure soundness of our roads, bridges, rails, locks, and dams. We need a secure, reliable electric grid that cannot fail, and we need functioning water treatment systems that keep storm water runoff out of our streets and guarantee safe drinking water.

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE):

The ‘Report Card’ results for Massachusetts are in, and they are not great.
Massachusetts Infrastructure Overview

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a “D+” in the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Massachusetts faces infrastructure challenges of its own. For example, driving on roads in need of repair in Massachusetts costs each driver $539 per year, and 9.3% of bridges are rated structurally deficient. Drinking water needs in Massachusetts are an estimated $1.2 billion, and wastewater needs total $8.35 billion. 292 dams are considered to be high-hazard potential. The state’s schools have an estimated capital expenditure gap of $1.4 billion. This deteriorating infrastructure impedes Massachusetts’s ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. Success in a 21st century economy requires serious, sustained leadership on infrastructure investment at all levels of government. Delaying these investments only escalates the cost and risks of an aging infrastructure system, an option that the country, Massachusetts, and families can no longer afford.

Massachusetts Infrastructure Overview
The ASCE Committee on America’s Infrastructure, is made up of 28 dedicated civil engineers from across the country with decades of expertise in all categories, volunteers their time to work with ASCE Infrastructure Initiatives staff to prepare the Report Card. The Committee assesses all relevant data and reports, consults with technical and industry experts, and assigns grades.

These needs can no longer be neglected. Unfortunately, due to years of negligence the cost of these needed upgrades are astronomical. This obviously cannot be funded solely on the backs of taxpayers, especially within a governmental system that has a history of years’ worth of red tape, spending $400 on hammers and commodes, and ending with questionable products. We need to partner with private industry in order to ensure a most cost effective and efficient implementation. We need to help cut red tape and stream line processes so that projects can be identified and actually completed timely.

A comprehensive infrastructure bill would result in the creation of well-paying jobs and historically infrastructure investments, in time more than pay for themselves. Passing an infrastructure bill – a serious bi-partisan bill big enough to match the urgency of the situation -- is an economic and national security priority. This is bigger than qualifying for a few needed grants, and I will WORK every day to get it done for our district’s needs.

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