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PRESS RELEASE: NEW REPORT: How to Fix America's Crumbling Infrastructure - Lessons from Australia

May 13, 2020

Policymakers should look at how Australia decentralized its infrastructure management to create a similar system in the United States.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (May 13, 2020) – In recent years, widespread reports indicate America’s infrastructure is in dire need of repair. Although the need for repairs is generally accepted, groups differ on how much and what aspects of America’s infrastructure is in the worst shape.

In its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave America’s infrastructure an overall grade of D+, and it estimated it would cost $4.59 trillion over a 10-year period to rectify this important problem.

Regardless of whether U.S. infrastructure is truly “crumbling,” policymakers and analysts generally agree that much work and many reforms are needed to repair, improve, and enhance infrastructure in America. But how, exactly, should these goals be achieved?

In a new Heartland Institute Policy Brief, titled “How to Fix America's Crumbling Infrastructure: Lessons from Australia,” Darren Brady Nelson looks at America’s infrastructure needs and what can be done. He points to the Australian model for infrastructure repairs as an example the United States should follow.

Get a PDF copy of the paper at this link.

Nelson argues in this Heartland Policy Brief:

 

  • There may be disagreements on to what degree, but America is in need of infrastructure repairs.

 

  • Most plans to repair America’s infrastructure are a hodgepodge of big government programs that will be inefficient and ineffective.

 

  • Policymakers should look at how Australia decentralized its infrastructure management to create a similar system in the United States.

 

  • Privatization is the most economically sound system for improving America’s infrastructure without huge costs to taxpayers.

This new Heartland Policy Brief shows that decentralization and privatization is the most effective solution for repairing America’s infrastructure. The enormous costs of government centric plans must be avoided.

For more information on this report, and to talk to the author, please contact Andy Singer at asinger@heartland.org.

The Heartland Institute is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1984 and headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our website or call 312/377-4000.

Author
Darren Brady Nelson is an Austrian school economist who serves as the chief economist at LibertyWorks and as an associate scholar with the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. Nelson is also a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.
darren.nelson@me.com
Author
Jim Lakely is the Vice President and Director of Communications of The Heartland Institute.
jlakely@heartland.org @jlakely