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Prison construction draws resources from other priorities

The astonishing rate of prison construction between 1990 & 2005 draws precious public resources away from other priorities. America--which once had the top-ranked infrastructure, from roads to bridges to airports, seaports, and electrical grids-- has slipped to 12th place. Our global competitors outpace us in infrastructure investment, devoting it to more than double the percentage of GDP that we do. We are the land of the free, but these other countries enjoy a liberty dividend that we do not.
Source: United, by Senator Cory Booker, 166 , Feb 16, 2016

We can't afford to ignore aging infrastructure anymore

Officials highlighted the planned extension of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) as a catalyst for job creation, economic growth and improved quality of life.

"Even in a divided Washington, infrastructure investment shouldn't be a partisan issue," said Sen. Booker. "I believe we can unite Republicans and Democrats around this issue and get something done. We can't afford to ignore the aging infrastructure of our country and our state anymore. Failing to make the necessary developments in infrastructure is not only crippling our competitiveness in a global economy, it's crippling hard-working New Jerseyans' opportunities to excel here at home. I will continue to work for long-term investment in infrastructure that creates jobs, stimulates economic growth, and improves the quality of our public transportation."

The federal lawmakers also urged their colleagues in Washington to pass a long-term fix to fully fund the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which will go bankrupt in this summer.

Source: Press Release from New Jersey congressional delegation , Mar 13, 2015

Businesses realize a return on our infrastructure investment

But we all know--it's common sense--that for an economy built to last we must invest in what will fuel us for generations to come. This is our history--from the Transcontinental Railroad to the Hoover Dam, to the dredging of our ports and building of our most historic bridges--our American ancestors prioritized growth and investment in our nation's infrastructure.

And today our businesses, industries, entrepreneurs and economy realize a return on those investments. Let us not fall prey to rhetoric that seeks to gut investment and starve our nation of critical, common-sense building for our future. And investment must include the real engine of job growth in America: the American small business.

Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech , Sep 4, 2012

Teach City Council to read spreadsheets, then pass budget

Government services became a primary component of the Booker platform. In 2002, Booker tried to run on the same plank, noting that none of his then council colleagues could read spreadsheets, thus making it difficult for them to do their main job of passing the city's budget (which never was passed on time). Booker also observed that in 2002, residents should be able to pay their bills and fines online, in an effort to streamline government services and make them easy to use.
Source: The New Black Politician, by Andra Gillespie, p. 89-90 , May 7, 2012

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