We’re talking about infrastructure needs here, based on reports from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Infrastructure report card. Hmmm, should be believe them? They’re going to profit from increased road, bridge and sewer work. But on the other hand, who should know better?
The Michigan-Ohio battle is split. Michigan has more “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete” bridges, 30% to 27%, but Ohio takes a decided edge in dam repair needs, 527-27.
As far as hazardous waste goes, Michigan ranks 3rd and Ohio 5th in waste produced. Ohio is 3rd and Michigan 7th in the number of hazardous waste producers. In Michigan, 37% of major roads are in poor or mediocre condition (wow!) and 25% in Ohio. Michigan has $6.02 billion worth of wastewater infrastructure work needed, but Ohio stands at $11.16 billion.
Congress is saying to pick yourself up by your own bootstraps and don’t expect any federal funding. Congress probably also doubts the need for wastewater work.