How to track what the federal government is spending on and spending that the states don’t, Biden’s VP VP nominee says
Posted On July 12, 2021
The next president needs to make a choice: spend more on infrastructure or less on it.
The answer is not a simple yes or no, but a clear yes.
In the past year, the federal spending on infrastructure has been soaring as the country moves into a global economic slowdown, but the states have continued to put more money into infrastructure than the federal level.
In fact, the states put nearly $1 trillion into the nation’s public infrastructure between 2008 and 2021, according to a report by the National Association of State Budget Officers.
That’s why the Biden VP nominee, former Texas Gov.
Rick Perry, said that the next president should prioritize public infrastructure funding over the federal deficit.
“The federal government has not provided a consistent, consistent investment in public infrastructure for the last eight years,” Perry said in a speech on Thursday.
To get a sense of how the states are spending on public infrastructure, we turned to a wide-ranging report released Thursday by the Partnership for Public-Private Partnerships, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. The Partnership for the 21st Century is an umbrella organization of more than 300 trade groups and advocacy groups that have lobbied the federal and state governments on behalf of infrastructure. “
We need to stop wasting money on things that can’t be done and start investing in infrastructure that can.”
To get a sense of how the states are spending on public infrastructure, we turned to a wide-ranging report released Thursday by the Partnership for Public-Private Partnerships, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. The Partnership for the 21st Century is an umbrella organization of more than 300 trade groups and advocacy groups that have lobbied the federal and state governments on behalf of infrastructure.
The Partnership for State-Based Investment, a nonpartisan group, also released a report Thursday that said the states were spending $919 billion on infrastructure between 2013 and 2021.
But the Partnership says it has a more detailed picture of spending by state, which has the potential to tell a different story about what’s actually going on.
The Partnership’s analysis found that between 2013 to 2021, states spent more than $946 billion on public transportation, including bridges, tunnels and other infrastructure projects.
But public transit was far more costly in the states than in the federal capital.
At the same time, the Partnership found that in some states, state spending on the public transit system was far higher than the national average, and the federal share was far smaller than the states’ share.
In addition, the report found that states spent roughly twice as much on other types of infrastructure — such as roads, bridges, airports, power plants, water, sewerage, sewage and wastewater treatment facilities and telecommunications — than the overall federal spending.
And those other types were also more expensive in the same states as the public transportation system.
Overall, states’ public transit spending is about four times higher than their overall federal share.
To put those numbers in context, the national figure is roughly $6.3 trillion.
But while the federal figure is about $12.8 trillion, the state totals are $3.5 trillion.
So the state spending figure may not be all that accurate, since it doesn’t take into account the difference in funding between the federal dollars spent on the capital, such as the highway, and those on roads, such a bridge, sewer, water and wastewater.
But it’s still a good indicator of where the federal money is going.
States are also spending a smaller share of their federal dollars on transportation than they are on other areas of infrastructure, including schools, prisons, veterans affairs and other public services.
But while the Partnership report says that states are using less money than they did on the transportation side, it doesn’s not clear that is a fair comparison because of the fact that there is an overall difference between the spending on roads and public transit in states.
For example, the study found that federal transportation spending in 2021 was $4.5 billion, compared with $7.6 billion in the rest of the country.
And while there are a lot of big differences between how states are doing with their public transportation dollars and how the rest, the differences are mostly small.
The federal transportation bill has more than doubled in size since the Bush administration in 2009.
But in many cases, that’s because the states and localities that are contributing to it are paying for the roads and bridges and other projects that are part of it.
In some cases, the money is being spent to expand existing projects or expand new ones.
Even though the federal highway bill is more than a trillion dollars, the vast majority of the money that it contains isn’t actually spent on transportation.
Instead, the funding comes from a variety of federal and private sources.
In a statement, a Biden spokeswoman said that Perry’s suggestion that states spend more money than the country does on infrastructure misses the mark.
“We are investing in our infrastructure to make sure it works for all Americans and not just the rich and