ICYMI: How States and Localities Can Deliver Results With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Funds
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State and local governments will soon receive billions of dollars in funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The IIJA is a major bipartisan achievement with the potential to rebuild American transportation systems, bring clean drinking water, expand high-speed internet access, address climate and environmental issues and invest in historically underserved communities.
Despite its potential, the public is waiting to see if state and local governments will actually deliver on the promise of the IIJA. In an era of perceived government dysfunction and partisan gridlock, the disconnect between what people expect governments to do and what they actually deliver is corroding public trust and the legitimacy of public institutions. We can all agree that the IIJA has tremendous potential to do good, but the true test is making sure it delivers results for a broad spectrum of people.