“There are a lot of people in the United States right now who think the country is falling apart and, at least in one respect, they’re correct. Our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are out of date and the vast majority of our seaports are in danger of becoming obsolete,” said 60-Minutes’ Steve Kroft in a report on our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
If you missed you can see his report here.
“Business leaders, labor unions, governors, mayors, congressmen and presidents have complained about a lack of funding for years, but aside from a one-time cash infusion from the stimulus program, nothing much has changed. There is still no consensus on how to solve the problem or where to get the massive amounts of money needed to fix it, just another example of political paralysis in Washington,” Kroft said.
Among the many experts Kroft interviewed was former US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. LaHood said: “Public spending on infrastructure has fallen to its lowest level since 1947. And the US, which used to have the finest infrastructure in the world, is now ranked 16th according to the World Economic Forum, behind Iceland, Spain, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates.
“It’s a fact that’s not been lost to the most powerful economic and political lobbies in the country who believe the inaction threatens the country’s economic future,” he said.
The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association calls on members to share the link to the segment with members of Congress and use this opportunity to reinforce the need for a long-term fix to the Highway Trust fund.
“All NSSGA members need to push Congress to act on a solution before year’s end. Call your representative and both senators to urge them to save the HTF before it’s too late. Use NSSGA’s Washington Action Hotline to call the Capitol Hill switchboard at (866) 255-3207 to reach your members of Congress or go online to NSSGA’s Legislative Action Center and send them a message urging action.”