Repairing the infrastructure in America would enhance competitiveness, create jobs, and help the environment. However, it is also a highly divisive issue that separates Democrats and Republicans.
While Congress recently passed a $305 billion highway bill to fund maintenance for five years, this is not nearly enough. The Atlantic's Philip K. Howard looks at what's holding up repairing infrastructure and even offers a solution:
There’s a way to break the logjam caused by a lack of needed funding and an overabundance of process. Conservatives concerned about wasteful government should agree to raise taxes to fund infrastructure if liberals agree to abandon the bureaucratic tangle that causes the waste. This deal will cut critical infrastructure costs in half, enhance America’s environmental footprint, and boost the economy.