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Unformatted text preview: .............. 17-18 Answers to States Bad Answers to: States Are Racist............................................................................................................. 19 Answers to: Mass Spending DA..................................................................................................... 20-21 Article: Federal Infrastructure Investment ...................................................................................... 22-28 1|Page States CP BDL States Counterplan 1NC Counterplan Text: The 50 states of the United States of America should [write in here the mandates of the plan]. [Sample Text: The 50 states of the United States of America should increase transportation infrastructure investment by investing in a national high-speed rail network.] The counterplan solves -- States solve the economic benefits of infrastructure spending better – they have flexibility and are responsive to local needs. Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, 2011 (“Federal Infrastructure Investment, http://www.cato.org/publications/congressionaltestimony/federal-infrastructure-investment) The U.S. economy needs infrastructure, but state and local governments and the private sector are generally the best places to fund and manage it. The states should be the "laboratories of democracy" for infrastructure, and they should be able to innovate freely with new ways of financing and managing their roads, bridges, airports, seaports, and other facilities. It is true that — like the federal government — the states can make infrastructure mistakes. But at least statelevel mistakes aren't automatically repeated across the country. If we ended federal involvement in high-speed rail, for example, California could continue to move ahead with its own system. Other states could wait and see how California's system was performing before putting their own taxpayers on the hook. 2|Page States CP BDL States Net Benefit – Spending [____] [____] State infrastructure spending is more efficient and does not contribute to the deficit. Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, 2011 (“Federal Infrastructure Investment,” http://www.cato.org/publications/congressionaltestimony/federal-infrastructure-investment) One implication of this data is that if Congress wants to boost infrastructure spending, the first priority should be to make reforms to encourage private investment. Tax reforms, such as a corporate tax rate cut, would increase the net returns to a broad range of private infrastructure investments. Regulatory reforms to reduce barriers to investment are a lso needed, as illustrated by the delays in approving the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Texas. Despite its smaller magnitude, public-sector infrastructure spending is also very important to the U.S. economy. But the usual recommendation to simply spend more federal taxpayer money on infrastructure is misguided. For one thing, the government simply can't afford more spending given its massive ongoing defi...
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