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November 11, 2010 - ASCE Deleware Statement - Draft Recommmendations of the Defecit Commission

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 11, 2010

Gas Tax Increase Essential to Economic Health and Public Well-Being
Delaware Civil Engineering Group Express Support for Carper/Voinovich Proposal

Wilmington, Del.—The following statement is attributable to John Grieshaber, Governor of Region 2 (which includes Delaware) of the American Society of Civil Engineers:

“Our nation’s infrastructure is in crisis, and that poses a direct threat to our economy, safety and public health and well-being. We have to stop asking whether or not we can afford to invest in these critical systems by increasing our user fees, and we have to start asking ourselves how we can afford not to.

“That is why we are applauding Senators Carper (D-Del.) and Voinovich (R-Ohio) for their leadership in proposing an increase in the federal gas tax. They aren’t alone in the belief that such an investment would help to decrease the deficit and improve our nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure. Former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wy.), the co-chairs of President Obama’s fiscal commission, recently announced their support for this idea in draft recommendations to the full commission.

“The costs related to failing infrastructure are real for each and every one of us, in terms of lost time and productivity, wasted fuel and wear and tear on our cars, not to mention the dangers to our health and safety. In 2007, the Delaware Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the state’s highways a grade of C, warning that without increased investment, the grade would likely fall to D- within four years. Similarly, bridges received a grade of C, which would fall to a C- with inaction. Since that time we’ve seen congestion continue to plague our cities while funding for necessary repairs and improvements dries up.

“We encourage the Commission and Congress to follow this lead and support the proposal to invest in our infrastructure by increasing the federal gas tax. Doing so is critical to public safety and nation’s economic stability and future growth.”

To learn more about the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, visit: www.infrastructurereportcard.org.