Op-EdLost taxes could fund infrastructure

In one of Carl Sandburg’s “Early Moon” poems for children, he has the bridge in Potomac Town say: “Come across, try me; see how good I am.”

Two generations later, the bridge might give a “stay-away” warning. Aging, subjected to high traffic and wear, inadequately maintained due to shortage of funds, it may be unsafe and crumbling.

An Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia in May killing eight people and injuring more than 200. New safety-system technology that would automatically slow down speeding trains could have prevented the derailment. Yet the administration’s request for funding for it had been “ignored” by Congress, per the New York Times. More...

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