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Ask Bill Clinton: Are There Bipartisan Ways to Boost U.S. Infrastructure Investment?

Former President Clinton on the economic opportunity of upgrading our infrastructure
Ask Bill Clinton: Are There Bipartisan Ways to Boost U.S. Infrastructure Investment?
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Illustration by Jaci Kessler
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, mayor of Baltimore
“Cities and towns across America are struggling with the issue of crumbling infrastructure and how to finance new investment. In older American cities, the potential for infrastructure failure can no longer be ignored. We know that infrastructure investment creates construction jobs immediately and lays the foundation for a stronger economy. How can we stimulate a more serious, bipartisan discussion about the importance of investing in America’s infrastructure on a national scale? And what can we learn from other nations that are making smart investments in roads, bridges, transit, water systems, and broadband?”

We clearly need to modernize our infrastructure, including better roads and bridges, smarter electrical grids, upgraded water, sanitation, and mass transit systems, clean energy and more energy-efficient buildings, and globally competitive broadband. And as Sandy so tragically demonstrated, the increase in extreme weather events means it’s even more important to act soon to make all our infrastructure more resilient.