A Side-by-Side Comparison of Infrastructure Policy Platforms

The Republican and Democratic parties both claim to understand the importance of infrastructure, but they show support in vastly different ways.

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July 28, 2016, 8:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Yonah Freemark digs into the information about what each of the two major political parties plan to do about infrastructure in the United States. On one side, the Republican Party platform [pdf] is pushing for a more limited federal role. On the other side, both the Democratic Party platform [pdf] and Hillary Clinton have pushed for expanded investments in infrastructure.

To create the analysis, Freemark digs into the official party platforms of both parties, together with an infrastructure plan released by the Hillary Clinton campaign. The campaign of Donald Trump has not released a similar infrastructure plan. Freemark then organizes the analysis on several themes, namely the role of the federal government, funding, public transportation and intercity rail, non-motorized modes, climate change, and project management. Freemark also adds a brief description of the policy agenda on these issues from the Libertarian and Green parties.

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