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Your Opinion: Public works projects endorsed

Your Opinion: Public works projects endorsed

July 27th, 2011 by Bruce Wylie, Missouri Society of Professional Engineers in News

Dear Editor:

I am writing in support of Mr. Garber's July 22 "Letter to the Editor" regarding investment in public works as a much needed action by a local, state, and federal government. I endorse all the points Mr. Garber makes about how our government by inaction and partisan politics has fumbled the economic ball over the past decade and landed our economy into a modern day "Great Depression."

Public works programs have long proven to be tremendous economic stimulators and can once again help get people back to work and provide a reinvestment in our public works that is long overdue. Investing in our infrastructure will provide a long-term economic stimulus that would get us back on track in our second decade of the 21st century.

For years, the American Society of Civil Engineers' Infrastructure Score Card has given the USA a failing grade on infrastructure investment. We must rise above partisan politics and do what benefits everyone by adopting funding measures at all levels of government that will invest in our nation's entire infrastructure system - roads, bridges, water, wastewater, and energy projects.

It begins at the local level where you can help by supporting the Jefferson City capital improvements sales tax extension up for a vote on Aug. 2.