President Obama proposed more infrastructure spending and repair in this year's State of the Union address. But it's a bigger problem than just one speech, or one new initiative, or even the latest $40 billion the president wants to throw at the repair bill we already have around the country.
We've put off maintenance for so long that we may be stuck with a much worse fix-it job than if we'd just taken care of the problem all along. That's the central problem according to Adie Tomer. He's an associate fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.