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2018 State of the State Infrastructure Mentions

It's that time of year again... Governors across the nation are making State of the State speeches to set their vision and policy agenda for 2018.

Curious how they’re prioritizing infrastructure? Reforming how projects are funded? Planning on upgrading our water infrastructure and repair our roads/bridges? We created this webpage to serve as a one-stop-shop for any infrastructure-related mentions.

Alabama

Governor Kay Ivey (R)

Date:  January 9

Link to speech:  https://governor.alabama.gov/remarks-speeches/2018-state-of-the-state-address/

“Though we are almost two decades into the 21st century, many of our rural communities do not have adequate access to broadband.  Adequate broadband enhances educational opportunities, increases economic development prospects and develops critical communication systems.  I strongly support legislation to encourage new broadband investments, and I ask the legislature to join me in assessing our state’s broadband needs, to ensure resources are placed where they are most needed.”

Colorado

Governor John Hickenlooper (D)

Date:  January 11

Link to speech:  https://www.colorado.gov/governor/sites/default/files/2018_state_of_the_state_speech.pdf

“I’m forgetting about some other type of infrastructure…what is it?  Oh right, the multi billion dollar hole in our roads.  It’s about connecting to our communities, our jobs, our markets, and the people we love.  And good infrastructure creates good jobs.”  “ …..Coloradans want to invest in our quality of life – because of our affection for Colorado.  And allow us to pass that affection confidently on to the next generation.”  “….We need to be even more ambitious.  It’s time we look at a long term solution with a sustainable funding source.  There’s broad agreement – across party lines.  Coloradans deserve the opportunity to vote on whether we need new resources and where they should come from.  It’s time to go to the voters.”

Delaware

Governor John Carney (D)

Date:  January 18

Link to Speech:  https://medium.com/@JohnCarneyDE/governor-carneys-2018-state-of-the-state-address-e5ea7bb1e287

“In particular, we heard concerns about DelDOT’s Permitting process.  We listened.  A few weeks ago, Secretary Cohan announced a package of process improvements to make it easier for employers to do business with the state.  We cut project review timelines dramatically, so business can get busy putting Delawareans to work.”

Florida

Governor Rick Scott (R)

Date:  January 9

Link to Address:  https://www.flgov.com/2018/01/09/governor-rick-scotts-2018-state-of-the-...

“We must secure our future by investing record funding in our environment, our education system and our transportation infrastructure.”

Georgia

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

Date:  January 11

Link to Speech:  https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2018-01-11/deal%E2%80%99s-state-state-address-%E2%80%98orchards-opportunity%E2%80%99

“Thanks to the Transportation Funding Act, we are preparing for future generations and the sustained growth we’re seeing throughout the state through our unprecedented 10-year, $11 billion transportation investment plan. “

Indiana

Governor Eric Holcomb (R)

Date:  January 9

Link to speech:  http://www.in.gov/gov/files/2018_Public_StateoftheState_FINAL.pdf

“We have a fully-funded infrastructure program that provides long-term certainty.  Our Next Level Roads Program provides nearly $6 billion in this biennium alone, includes significantly more resources to local communities all across the state, and will increase year after year after year.  Thanks to your efforts to convert plans into projects, Indiana’s infrastructure investment is the envy of the nation.”

Iowa

Governor Kim Reynolds (R)

Date:  January 9

Link to speech:  https://governor.iowa.gov/2018/01/gov-reynolds-delivers-condition-of-the-state-address

“This new initiative will promote investment and connect rural Iowa by expanding broadband capabilities in every corner of our state.  Our goal:  to keep and bring home Iowa’s sons and daughters and grow the next generation of community leaders.”

Kentucky

Governor Matt Bevin (R)

January 16

Link to press release:  http://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=KentuckyGovernor&prId=575

The Governor called for tax reform which he explained would spur economic growth and result in much-needed additional revenue for education, public safety, infrastructure, health care and other vital services.

New Mexico

Governor Susana Martinez (R)

Date:  January 16

Link to speech:  http://www.governor.state.nm.us/uploads/PressRelease/191a415014634aa89604e0b4790e4768/Governor_Susana_Martinez_Delivers_State_of_the_State_Address_5.pdf

“Number five – change how we spend infrastructure dollars, invest more in large-scale projects that create jobs in the short-run and lay a long-term foundation for economic growth.  We’ve had success with this – the Paseo del Norte extension, big water projects throughout the state.  And we’ve made strides in reforming how we spend those dollars when they’re appropriated.  In 2010, less than 10 percent of road projects were finished on time or on budget.  That’s changed.  Last year, each and every state highway project was delivered on time and on budget.  Now, I ask the Legislature to join in this effort.  No more doling out state capital funds on pork projects.  Instead, let’s spend those funds on rebuilding the foundation of our economy.”

New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D)

Date: January 3

Link to Speech:  https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/video-audio-rush-transcript-governor-cuomo-outlines-2018-agenda-realizing-promise-progressive

“We have been, we are, the nation’s leader in building infrastructure.  And the infrastructure is growing our economy.  We’re ahead of every other state in the nation in terms of infrastructure development.  And we must increase our advantage this year and double-down on our investments.”

Georgia

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

Date:  January 11

Link to Speech:  https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2018-01-11/deal%E2%80%99s-state-state-address-%E2%80%98orchards-opportunity%E2%80%99

“Thanks to the Transportation Funding Act, we are preparing for future generations and the sustained growth we’re seeing throughout the state through our unprecedented 10-year, $11 billion transportation investment plan. “

Vermont

Governor Phil Scott (R)

Date:  January 4

Link to speech:  http://governor.vermont.gov/sites/scott/files/documents/Governor%20Phil%20Scott%20-%202018%20State%20of%20the%20State%20Address.pdf

“That includes our ongoing work to protect impaired waterways, and address the impacts of climate change.  Last year we committed $51 million to clean water projects, increasing state funding by 70%.  Our agencies of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Transportation have already put more than $17 million to work for cleaner water.  And I know we must find a long-term solution.  I look forward to working together to ensure we invest the money wisely in projects that will produce measurable water quality results.”

Washington

Governor Jay Inslee (D)

Date:  January 9

Link to speech:  https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/speeches/2018SotS.PDF

“When I came into office, there was doubt we could pass a transportation package.  But we did and it is the largest and greenest transportation package in state history.”

West Virginia

Governor Jim Justice (D)

Date:  January 10

Link to speech:  http://governor.wv.gov/News/press-releases/2018/Pages/2018-West-Virginia-State-of-the-State-Address.aspx

“I’ll end by just saying that I can’t thank you enough, especially our people, as we traveled the land, and we passed the road bond referendum that some thought wasn’t going to pass.  We passed it as 54 out of 55 counties.”