The GOP’s ’21st-Century’ budget slashes investments in education, infrastructure and science
The Ryan-Republican budget disinvests in transportation infrastructure investment per capita by 37 percent from current levels, cutting from the current $299 per person down to $187 per person by 2021. (See Figure 2) Investments to improve and repair the nation’s interstate highway system, public transportation, aviation, railroads, and inland waterways will be on the chopping block under these proposed cuts. Our nation’s failure to invest in infrastructure over recent decades has resulted in longer commute times, billions of dollars in gasoline wasted sitting in traffic, frustrating airport delays, and rising energy costs that hit families and business owners alike. To make matters worse, at the same time, other countries are making substantial public investments in infrastructure, improving their relative competitiveness in the global marketplace.