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Romney, the Infrastructure President?

09.19.12 7:35 PM ET

I'm sympathetic to Nicole Gelinas' proposal at National Review's The Corner blog.

Romney could design a program where states could compete for federal infrastructure money based on their ability to get projects done on time and on budget, with funds given out the first year based on population and given out the second year based on first-year performance.

Romney could say he’s not telling states what to do: If New York wants to use its money on subways and Arizona doesn’t, that’s fine.

And he could say that states would have a holiday from federal work rules. States could keep their own prevailing-wage and other rules in place if they wanted to artificially push up wages, but that would of course hurt them in amount of infrastructure built per dollar.