Governor Romney and President Obama have spent month crisscrossing the nation trying to convince voters they are the best for the nation and tonight is one of the few chances they’ll have to convey their message directly to a large audience, unfiltered by the media. Through all the noise, pay attention to whether or not the candidates talk about infrastructure in the context of economic growth and job creation.
If we had our say, here are some of the questions each candidate would get to answer:
- In 2009 the American Society of Civil Engineers gave America’s infrastructure a “D” grade, calling for a $2.2 trillion investment over the course of 5 years. The US Chamber of Commerce projects that over the next five years, the economy could forgo as much as $336 billion in lost growth. What would you do to fix America’s infrastructure and keep our nation’s economy moving?
- Given the fiscal climate, raising taxes or authorizing tolls to finance infrastructure projects isn’t popular for any politician. The federal gas tax has not been raised since 1993. How do you propose we finance investments to address our nation’s aging roads, bridges, and water systems?
- 1.7 trillion gallons are lost annually via our nation’s aging water distribution systems, costing $2.6 billion annually. What would you do as President to help ensure that we have reliable drinking water and wastewater systems for our nation’s homes and businesses?
We don’t know what the debate moderator has in store for either candidate tonight. Will President Obama or Governor Romney be pressed on these issues at all? Tonight, as you watch the debate, look for signs that either candidate is serious about improving our country’s infrastructure. We already know one of the solutions for putting our nation back to work, so let’s hope our leaders know the same.