Writer says U.S. derailed itself on infrastructure decades ago

March 27, 2014

In a recently published Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed article, Robert W. Patterson emphasizes the importance of infrastructure in creating and preserving family-sustaining jobs.

Patterson, an aide to former President George W. Bush and Gov. Tom Corbett, provides historical context on how America strayed from its prosperous course of nation-building that made the U.S. a superpower.

In 1971, Congress voted to end funding for the next-generation commercial airliner, the Boeing 2707 SST, essentially ending a century-long streak of national infrastructure development. The decision was followed with additional legislative acts of the ‘70s, such as the National Environmental Policy Act, which blocked further infrastructure projects due to its heavy restrictions.

Patterson ultimately issues a call to action to Washington, urging lawmakers to return to a proven pattern of economic development.

Jason Wagner, PHIA managing director, offered a similar viewpoint.

“The transportation funding bill is providing Pennsylvania with the resources critical to starting a new wave of infrastructure development that will create family-sustaining jobs,” Wagner said. “The next step needs to come from the federal government in the form of new infrastructure projects that will boost all segments of the economy.”

To read Patterson’s entire article, click here.



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