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How Infrastructure Investments Support The U.S. Economy: Employment, Productivity And Growth

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Executive Summary

The United States system of civilian public infrastructure has deteriorated badly over the past generation. The breaching of New Orleans' water levees in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis in 2007 offered tragic testimony to this long-acknowledged but still neglected reality. After this generation of neglect, the project of rebuilding the infrastructure now needs to be embraced as a first-tier economic policy priority, and not simply to prevent repetitions of the disasters in New Orleans and Minneapolis. The more general point is that infrastructure investments are essential for the functioning of the U.S. economy.

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