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January 12th, 2009
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Americans willing to pay more taxes for infrastructure

The bipartisan organization Building America’s Future, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I.), California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R.), and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D.), just released the results of a national survey indicating that Americans are willing to pay more taxes to fix the nation’s infrastructure.

According to the survey, 94 percent of Americans are concerned about the nation’s infrastructure. What is more surprising, however, it that 81 percent of those polled are willing to pay 1 percent more in taxes to rebuild infrastructure. Respondents also stressed the need for spending accountability, an issue that will surely get more attention as President-elect Obama rolls out his stimulus plan.

Remarking on the results of the survey, Mayor Bloomberg stressed, “The numbers don’t lie: a majority of Americans want to invest in building up our nation’s infrastructure, but they want to know that their money is being spent wisely. They want the government to clean up its act and take responsibility for both success and failure. Any investment made must have benchmarks attached so that we can evaluate what is getting done and what opportunities are being squandered.”

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