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Local Priorities for Infrastructure: What Do Local Governments Want?

bridge and bicycle path over small body of water
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CivicPulse, The Bill Lane Center for the American West, Route Fifty
June 15, 2021
Michael Hotard
Nathan Lee

CivicPulse, in partnership with Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West and the media outlet Route Fifty, surveyed 413 local government elected officials from across the country in May 2021. The survey included top elected officials and governing board members from a representative sample of counties, municipalities, and townships with populations of 1,000 residents or more. The survey shows that highest priorities for a new infrastructure bill would be funding for roads and bridges, as well as water and wastewater projects. These two priority areas had near universal support from local officials. There was also strong support for the electricity grid and broadband, with over 70% of policymakers favoring the inclusion of these items in a potential bill. 

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