By Bob Gorrell - July 29, 2011
Took me forever to find where we had this discussion, if you happen to see this Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is doing a feature on ASCE's findings tonight at 10pm.
incubus said:Sto, between jobs created AND the money saved off the $129 billion per year, you're completely wrong.
Believing that maintenance will have a stimulative effect on the economy is a road to nowhere.
I have nothing against maintenance. It's important, and it's what our already existing tax dollars are supposed to be used for. Just don't expect a mass reaction of economic growth from rebuilding a bridge or repaving a road.
Beautifying a shopping district can have a stimulative effect, but developers do that with their own money, and federal tax dollars should not be used for that anyway. Why should someone in Missouri be forced to pay for flowers to be planted in the road median in Chicago?
Bewildering math there.
Beyond the losses in time, maintenance and repair from poor infrastructure (Michelle interviews CEO's whom attest to this), the job boom would also be a big boost to the economy.