Support for Infrastructure Spending May Be Weaker than Administration Suggests

Contrary to a recent White House report that the vast majority of Americans are in favor of infrastructure spending, a new study from the Pew Center finds limited public support.

The survey polled residents in five states-Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, and New York-on their priorities for the state budget. When asked what area of spending should be cut, infrastructure was chosen over all else. Furthermore, 75 percent of residents oppose paying for infrastructure improvements through new taxes.

The study also highlights widespread misunderstanding of how much funding currently goes to transportation, notes Eric Jaffe:

'Roughly 20 percent of respondents in Arizona, New York, and Illinois thought transportation made up the state's biggest expense; in fact it made up 7 percent, 6 percent, and 8 percent of each state's budget, respectively.'

Full Story: New Report Shows States Want to Cut Infrastructure Spending

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