One of the many gunbarrels America is staring down right now pertains to its infrastructure. Roads, dams, levees, coastal areas -- basically, it's all crumbling faster than state governments are willing to throw money at reconstruction, which means the next 20 years might be interesting.
And although down here in the Sunshine State, we're spared the harsh winters that contribute to a lot of the damage, we're still in poor shape, according to a report recently released by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The organization gave Florida's overall infrastructure quality a C -. The state dropped from the ASCE's 2008 report in all the major categories -- energy, flood control, coastal areas, storm water, transit, and water and sewer.
The hard facts laid out in the report are pretty eye-opening. According to ASCE, 26 percent of Florida's major roads are of poor or mediocre quality. The state has 75 "high hazard dams." Two hundred and sixty-two of Florida's bridges are "structurally deficient."
The needed fixes to the system all come with pretty big price tags. An estimated $12.8 billion is needed to upgrade the drinking water system in the next 20 years. About $19.6 billion is required for the wastewater system over the same time period. The state's school's need about $8.9 billion in repairs.
So... yeah... not looking too good.
The report's suggestions for how to straighten out the state all involved the kinds of progressive budget policy that seems to have completely eluded our current governor.
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