With the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign already in full swing, investment in our nation’s infrastructure is gaining momentum as a top issue for the next administration. CG/LA Infrastructure, Inc., as part of its Blueprint 2025 initiative, has ranked Republican and Democratic candidates alike according to their ability to catalyze infrastructure investment.
The rankings consist of presidential candidates who placed the highest in their prior achievements in building infrastructure, their plan of action to build future infrastructure, and their ability to bring together a diverse team to get infrastructure built. The candidates leading this pack are not the ones leading the polls.
Tied for first place, each receiving 18 points, are Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican John Kasich.
Sanders is known for being the most vocal on the issue, especially while campaigning, and for proposing investment in infrastructure in the Senate. He promotes allocations for the Highway Trust Fund, passenger and freight rail, and a national infrastructure bank.
Similarly, Kasich’s passion is shown through his track record in making infrastructure a priority and passing a sound transportation budget in Ohio. His two-year, $7 billion transportation budget, which passed in July, includes 1,600 state construction and maintenance projects.
Republican Donald Trump is not far behind in second place with 17 points. Trump earned his spot due to his experience as a builder and real estate developer as well as focusing on infrastructure while campaigning. The next closest candidate is Democrat Hillary Clinton in third place receiving 11 points.
In ranking the candidates, the goal is to get past the rhetoric and promises about building infrastructure, which has not produced results from previous administrations, and to put candidates on the spot about real solutions that will make infrastructure a priority.
In near-future debates through the next three election cycles, candidates on both sides will be answering questions about their plans for improving the nation’s infrastructure. The most pressing questions that will be asked are: Is spending on infrastructure a priority and how much will you spend?
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