Jay Hults 2013-11-12 01:38:54
Time to Invest in America’s Decaying Infrastructure For decades, Americans have enjoyed both an efficient and an affordable delivery service of gas and water. In cities and rural areas and in homes and businesses alike, we almost take for granted that when we turn on a faucet, clean water comes out, and when we turn on our gas, our stoves and furnaces ignite. Our life-sustaining resources have made America one of the greatest nations in the world, but because our services are delivered without interruption, our national and local leaders have long ignored investing in a much-needed upgrade of our nation’s infrastructure — one that is decades, and in some locations, even centuries, old. Nearly every week we hear about water main breaks denying neighborhoods access to water and explosions from ruptured gas lines. Those in Washington promote clean drinking water by pushing our industry to deliver lead-free faucets and valve products, and we were apply to accomplish this in a brief amount of time. Yet these same leaders ignore the aging lead pipes in our cities . Our industry has lobbied Congress over the past few years to address these issues, and we Will continue to push for the long-overdue investment in rebuilding our infrastructure. In this issue of PB Outlook, you will find an article from the American Society of Civil Engineers, which publishes an annual report card on America’s infrastructure. Our poor grades have caused ASCE to sound the alarm. In Dan Hilton’s “Washington Update”, he outlines another issue that needs to be addressed by Congress: to level the playing field in business by addressing the Marketplace Fairness Act. It allows states to address the non-payment of sales taxes from Internet purchases. This lack of revenue, which could come from the sales, is money that could be used to improve local infrastructure. Thank you for continuing to read PB Outlook.
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