Across the country, we continue to witness the failure of our aging infrastructure, with bridges literally falling down, dams giving way, severe airport congestion, and highways unable to handle today’s traffic. The American Society of Civil Engineers has scored America’s transportation infrastructure at a D+ which is an unacceptable grade for such a vital component of the American economy.
LIUNA is pleased to see bipartisan support for making infrastructure a priority at the federal, state and local levels of government, calling for a $1 trillion infrastructure package on the federal level, and a $10 billion infrastructure package on the state level. In 2015, Congress was able to pass a five year, $305 billion highway bill, and in 2017, the Minnesota Legislature passed a $2.2 billion transportation bill, but it is not nearly enough. With a backlog in needs for roads, bridges and transit, it is imperative that Congress and the State Legislature find a way to fully fund long-term investments that are adequate to rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.
We support raising and constitutionally dedicating gas and sales tax increases for roads, bridges and transit.