Constitution Demands Federal Role In Infrastructure, Columnist Says

Though some conservatives in Congress are looking at every option to cut back the size of government, dismantling the federal government's role in transportation infrastructure abandons the principles our Founding Fathers incorporated in the Constitution when they established the federal obligation to build and maintain a national infrastructure. 

Interstate highways benefit the entire nation, as well as individual regions and states, wrote Jeff Loveng of Amercia's Infrastructure Alliance in a Reuters opinion piece.   "A hard reality is that New York State isn’t going to pay for highways through Utah, Nevada, Wyoming or Nebraska — even though those roads bring fresh produce from central California to the Empire State. Conversely, California isn’t going to pay for those same roads — though goods from Buffalo make their way to homes on the Pacific Coast," he wrote.

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Mindy Long

Before launching a full-time freelance career, Long edited NATSO's Stop Watch magazine. Prior to that Long worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. In addition to covering the transportation sector, Long has written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. She was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington D.C. Long hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.More
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