Apr 17, 2017
Last Tuesday, President Trump met with CEOs of 20 major corporations to discuss his trillion dollar infrastructure plan. A signature campaign promise, the president's plan will address underdeveloped roads, electrical grids, water systems, and various pillars of our nation's infrastructure.
As the president rallies support from big business (a key step in building public-private partnerships for his plan), dialogue from Governors and US Senators offers insight into who’s making infrastructure funding a priority for their state.
Governors Bullock (D-MT) and Cuomo (D-NY) are the most vocal on infrastructure
Combined, U.S. Governors have mentioned infrastructure in 403 official statements or social media posts in 2017, including 233 mentions by Republican Governors and 170 by Democratic Governors. Governors Bullock (D-MT) and Cuomo (D-NY) lead the conversation at 43 mentions each with Governors Snyder (R-MI), Wolf (D-PA), and Walker (R-WI) rounding out the top five. By type, Republican Governors lead the conversation on jobs and transportation infrastructure, with Democratic Governors remaining slightly more vocal on water infrastructure.
Senate Democrats are talking more about infrastructure than Senate Republicans
There have been over 1,400 mentions of infrastructure in official statements, floor speeches, emails to constituents, or social media posts by US Senators in 2017. Leader Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Capito (R-WV) are the most vocal Senators having mentioned infrastructure over 50 times each. In total, Senate Democrats lead the conversation with 839 mentions compared to Senate Republicans 560 mentions, signaling a potential opportunity for a bipartisan agreement between Democrats and the White House.
Residents of Northeastern states endure a longer average commute to work
It should come as no surprise Governor Cuomo and Leader Schumer have been so vocal on their state's need for infrastructure. Clocking in at 32 minutes, New Yorkers endure the longest average commute to their place of work -- shared only by Marylanders. Neighboring states New Jersey and Massachusetts as well as the District of Columbia all rank in the top 5 states with the longest average commute.
Perhaps no metric serves as strong an indicator of where federal money will go than whether a project is "shovel ready." Earlier this month, President Trump explained, "If you have a job that you can't start within 90 days, we're not going to give you money for it ... because it doesn't help us." In short, no matter how vocal a Governor or Senator may be on behalf of their state, the best advocate for infrastructure... is a plan.