How Not to Screw Up Spending $1 Trillion on US Infrastructure

WELCOME TO 2017, where it seems like the one thing elected leaders can maybe, perhaps, possibly agree on is that America’s infrastructure is busted. That, and that the only way to spruce things up is by flinging a trillion dollars at the country’s roads, waterways, and broadband networks. President Trump’s team wants to do it by triggering private spending with $137 billion in tax credits; Senate Democrats have floated a plan based on direct investments. Whatever the answer, finding the money is but half the problem. Because man, oh man, is there a lot to do. From our tragically polluted pipes to packed airports, American infrastructure is, as the saying goes, a failing pile of garbage.

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