Texas Lawmaker Decries Infrastructure Crisis

By: - August 29, 2008 12:00 am

Aug. 29, 2008 12:00 p.m. EDT

DENVER – The information technology industry boomed in the 1990s and this decade, in part, because it inherited a first class system of roads, bridges, air and rail, Texas State Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) said on a panel at the Democratic National Convention here.

Watson, a former Austin mayor, spoke of Texas-based Dell, which was able to expand because it could distribute its products successfully. Today, Watson said, he worries that the economy can no longer expand until the nation’s infrastructure is improved. (See States worry about dwindling funds .)

“We’ve used it up,” Watson said of the existing infrastructure. “We’re in a drought of infrastructure.”

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Stephen Fehr

Stephen Fehr is a senior officer with Pew’s government performance portfolio. He is a lead writer on many of the products generated by the portfolio, specializing in state and local fiscal health.