Infrastructure isn’t sexy. But it’s an issue that unites voters across party lines. From better roads and public transportation to flood and waste management, it’s the type of investment that impacts everyone. In the 2016 elections, 33 of 49 local initiatives increasing infrastructure funding passed.
Most everyone agrees that investing in transportation is good; where people differ is on how to fund it and on the balance between shiny new initiatives and repairing aging systems. And it’s not just about convenience: good infrastructure in a town has a direct impact on house values. As 2020 Democratic candidates move to differentiate themselves in a crowded election field, infrastructure is sure to come up: while it’s not buzzy, it’s proven to be something that’s on voters’ minds.