America needs to invest in infrastructure. As the U.S. Senate debates the bipartisan infrastructure framework, it is crucial that we do not lose sight of the need to address this national issue.
Mayor Hogsett’s recent column in the IBJ effectively outlined the importance of a bipartisan infrastructure solution [“Joe Hogsett: Congress should pass bipartisan infrastructure plan,” July 16]. His comments on how Congress could support local government by financing projects that would otherwise be too expensive for regional budgets and taxpayers was spot on. Only through congressionally allocated grants and funds can we thoroughly modernize our roads, bridges, waterways, and broadband services for our rapidly evolving economy.
These issues should be of concern for both sides of the aisle. Our country must be prepared to compete and succeed in a modern economy, and antiquated infrastructure of all kinds inhibit such growth. Congress has an invaluable opportunity to advance nationwide. The bipartisan infrastructure framework promises steady job growth in the short term and a strengthened and enlarged economy in the long term.
We must provide federal support to our state and local governments and communities. By providing these authorities with the necessary means for infrastructure improvement, we can advance America as a whole.•
Beth Bauer, executive director
American Council of Engineering of Indiana