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Sep 1, 201510:17 AMTransportation Matters

with Debby Jackson

What can we learn from the Trump phenomena?

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Entitlement reform, national educational standards and curriculum, foreign relations, and even the national debt can be frustratingly difficult issues for deliberative people to settle upon a preferred solution or course of action.

When it comes to our infrastructure, however, the answer actually is not all that complicated. It comes down to leadership. What the reaction to Trump’s blanket statements highlights is the fact that we simply want some action, at least on obvious problems that continue to linger. Transportation infrastructure is the one area where even the most laissez-faire business people will say that government can have a tangible, positive impact on the economy.

Despite how plain this picture may be, our infrastructure continues to degrade. Commuters bounce to work or take longer detours to bypass closed bridges. Grains and manufactured items sit in ports, on highways, or in rail cars.

The answers to fixing our infrastructure may not be quite a simple as the Donald makes them out to be, but they aren’t a whole heck of a lot more complicated either.

I don’t plan on voting for Donald Trump. But the other candidates would do well to take a page from his book and communicate a clear, unambiguous path forward. Addressing our transportation infrastructure would be the perfect place to start.

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Sep 23, 2015 08:14 am
 Posted by  Matt Logan

"Transportation infrastructure is the one area where even the most laissez-faire business people will say that government can have a tangible, positive impact on the economy."

They may say that, and it may have even been true in the 1970's, But study after study shows the returns to our economy have been dropping since that time. Today, highway investment may actually be hurting the economy in Wisconsin.


http://research.upjohn.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1118&context=reports

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 Debby Jackson assumed the role of executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin after more than 15 years with the organization. In addition to her vast experience in association management and transportation advocacy, Jackson has a background in business. She leverages the breadth and depth of her professional experience, along with her knowledge of the membership and mission of TDA, to be a strong voice for robust transportation infrastructure in Wisconsin. Jackson started her career as a staff auditor with Price Waterhouse, which led to a series of accounting and corporate management positions with a major national retailer.

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