Shouldn't Infrastructure Users Shoulder Some of Its Costs?

Visiting Fellow Art Fraas shares his thoughts on public infrastructure spending in an op-ed he coauthored for The Hill.

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April 14, 2021

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"President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure over 10 years, and his Made in America Tax Plan are odd bedfellows. The jobs plan outlines investments in concrete and steel infrastructure, in 21st century infrastructure such as electric vehicle charging stations, the electric grid and rural broadband, and in sundry progressive programs such as affordable housing, community colleges, child care and home care. The tax plan would pay for the jobs plan through higher corporate income tax rates. The mismatch is the absence of arrangements for infrastructure users to shoulder some of the costs of the infrastructure they use."

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