Trustee Election
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  • INFRASTRUCTURE
  • SOCIAL SECURITY
  • PORK BARREL SPENDING
Winning Issue » INFRASTRUCTURE


Our nation's roads, bridges, dams, schools, electrical grids and water treatment facilities are old and unable to meet the needs of our growing population. Many of the structures we depend upon for safety, travel and commerce are functioning at maximum capacity or beyond their expected lifetime. Our water treatment facilities need $200 billion for improvements if they are to continue delivering enough clean water to our population, and keep our waterways clean. Our schools need $300 billion for safe and modern classrooms in order to prepare our children for the global economy. Insuring the safety of all our nation's bridges will cost over $300 billion during the next 10 years. Our electrical transmission system needs to be upgraded to a smart grid and buried underground for protection. Improvements to airports, ports and railways are also on the list. During the past 30 years, we have spent less than 3% of our GNP on infrastructure improvements. Many people say we should not just wait for power black-outs, bridges to fall and dams to burst. They believe now is the time to begin these improvements. Low borrowing rates mean the cost of funding the repair and renovation of our decaying infrastructure is as cheap as it has been in nearly 80 years. It is estimated that it will cost about $3.5 trillion or about $350 billion annually during the next 10 years to bring our infrastructure up to a state of good repair. Besides immediate and future benefits to society, these renovation projects will also create many jobs and significantly boost our economy. It is estimated that 13 million jobs will be created for each trillion dollars spent on infrastructure improvements.


Pending Legislation:
S.268 – Rebuild America Act of 2015




Options


  • I oppose reforming current infrastructure policy and wish to defeat S.268 – Rebuild America Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support spending over $1 trillion over 5 years on infrastructure improvements, including $735 billion for roads, bridges and transit; $15 billion for passenger and freight rail; $6 billion for airports; $145 billion for water infrastructure, and wish to pass S.268 – Rebuild America Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Richard Shelby (AL) and/or Sen. Bernard Sanders (VT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support spending over $1 trillion over 5 years on infrastructure improvements, including $735 billion for roads, bridges and transit; $15 billion for passenger and freight rail; $6 billion for airports; $145 billion for water infrastructure, and wish to pass S.268 – Rebuild America Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Richard Shelby (AL) and/or Sen. Bernard Sanders (VT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Sen. Richard Shelby (AL) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing S.268 – Rebuild America Act of 2015. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Sen. Bernard Sanders (VT) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: S.268 – Rebuild America Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Bernard Sanders, VT
Status: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
Chairman: Sen. Richard Shelby, AL


If elected as a trustee, InfrastructureUSA will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for increasing funding for infrastructure improvements.

InfrastructureUSA is an online community focused on generating a dynamic national conversation about America’s deteriorating civil infrastructure. It states that its’ membership is composed of the people who build our nation’s highways and the people who drive on them These include advocates, community activists, commuters, engineers, environmentalists, students, researchers, urban planners and more. It says that roads, bridges, schools, mass transit, energy grids, water supplies, telecommunications networks and more, are critical to our quality of life. Infrastructure shapes America’s ability to create good jobs and compete in the global marketplace — now, and for generations to come. InfrastructureUSA brings together interested citizens, expert infrastructure professionals, government officials and policy analysts, for discussion and debate on the nation’s infrastructure needs, the funding challenges they present, and the opportunities for innovation.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020