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Unformatted text preview: three major levels of government are constantly being put into question. 8|Page States CP BDL Solvency – States Solves Transportation Policy [____] [____] Transportation spending should be covered by the states Edward Glaeser, an economics professor at Harvard University, Bloomberg, 2012 (February 14, “Spending Won’t Fix What Ails US Infrastructure,” http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-14/spending-won-t-fix-what-ails-u-s-transport-commentaryby-edward-glaeser.html) DE-FEDERALIZE TRANSPORT SPENDING: Most forms of transport infrastructure overwhelmingly serve the residents of a single state. Yet the federal government has played an outsized role in funding transportation for 50 years. Whenever the person paying isn’t the person who benefits, there will always be a push for more largesse and little check on spending efficiency. Would Detroit’s People Mover have ever been built if the people of Detroit had to pay for it? We should move toward a system in which states and localities take more responsibility for the infrastructure that serves their citizens. [____] States can fund transit Lisa Schweitzer, USC, 2012 (February 16, “Doing on the TEA Party and the “War on Transit” at Salon.com,” http://lisaschweitzer.com/2012/02/16/doig-on-the-tea-party-and-a-war-on-transit-in-salon-com/) Mostly, culture war arguments are lazy. Both sides use culture war arguments to whine and accuse rather than getting off their butts and constructing principled arguments. For example , I have yet to hear one compelling reason why the Federal government is a better funder of sidewalks and bike lanes than states or cities, other than the typical arguments that “those things are good for us!” Of course they are. Why can’t you fund them at the city, or in the case of transit, the state level? 9|Page States CP BDL Solvency – Federal Government Fails [____] [____] States solve best – federal infrastructure funding distorts market signals and magnifies inefficient programs. Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, 2011 (“Federal Infrastructure Investment,” http://www.cato.org/publications/congressionaltestimony/federal-infrastructure-investment) In its report on the state of U.S. infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers gives America a grade of "D."37 However, the ASCE report mainly focuses on infrastructure provided by governments, so if you believe that this low grade is correct, then it is mainly due to government failures. The ASCE lobbies for more federal spending, but OECD data shows that public -sector spending on infrastructure is about the same in this country as in other high -income nations. Some of the infrastructure shortcomings in the United States stem from mismanagement and misallocation by the federal government, rather than a lack of taxpayer support. So part of the solution is to decentralize infrastructure financing, management, and ownership as much as possible. State and local governments and the private sector are more likely to make sound investment decisions without the federal subsidies and regulations that distort...
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