The Sacramento Bee » Global warming is here. Its impact won’t be receding. Ever more volatile weather systems will be sink-holing roads, undermining bridges and sluicing boulder-filled mud down onto critical rail lines and transportation links. That’s something to keep in mind as the Nov. 6 election approaches, with its partisan debate over whether to repeal California’s recent tax increases for roads and transportation.
Journal Star » Illinois needs $21 billion annually just to maintain its crumbling infrastructure, said Chuck Marohn, president of the Minnesota-based Strong Towns consulting firm. Regardless, the state isn’t going to find the money, he said, before advocating a new approach to government that is less focused on generating short-term growth and more aligned with long-term financial stability.
Roll Call » From lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, to toxic levels of arsenic found in Texas, over the past decade tens of millions of Americans have likely been exposed to dangerously unsafe water. The need to invest in our water and wastewater systems is as urgent and vital as building the “gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways and waterways” President Trump spoke about.
Lexington Herald Leader » Gov. Matt Bevin recently unveiled his priorities for road and bridge projects through the release of the next statewide highway plan. This 250-page document identifies projects and project phases totaling $8.6 billion for the six-year period 2018-24. But, because current state and federal transportation funding is woefully inadequate, only 30 percent ($2.6 billion) of the identified needs have a chance of being addressed.