Stauber Introduces Legislation to Help Improve America’s Infrastructure in Cost-Effective Way

March 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) introduced bipartisan legislation to help states construct critical infrastructure projects, while making the most of taxpayer dollars. The Preserving America’s Infrastructure Dollars (PAID) Act would require states to conduct a Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) on infrastructure projects that use more than $30 million in federal funds.

Of his legislation, Stauber said, “As we continue to modernize and improve America’s infrastructure, we must also strive to do so in a cost-effective manner. By requiring states to conduct a LCCA on infrastructure projects, the PAID Act would save the American taxpayer and state transportation departments valuable infrastructure dollars. These savings can be used to invest in additional infrastructure projects like the Twin Ports Interchange, U.S. Highway 8, Minnesota State Highway 210, Minnesota State Highway 23, and other projects across northeast Minnesota. It is the duty of the federal government to serve as responsible stewards of taxpayer money, so I encourage my colleagues to support this straightforward, commonsense legislation.”

What are people saying?

"The PAID Act should be supported by all members of Congress and be included in any broader infrastructure package. An LCCA ensures that infrastructure projects can be properly budgeted for over the long-term by requiring a detailed analysis of any project. Specifically, LCCAs measure the long-term cost of building and maintaining infrastructure, including initial costs, future costs such as routine maintenance and reconstruction, and the cost of using alternative materials. Almost 50 percent of infrastructure costs are future costs such as maintenance, rehabilitation, and restoration, so requiring LCCAs will ensure that agencies are armed with information to make the most cost-effective decisions when allocating infrastructure dollars." – Grover G. Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform

“The Boilermakers are proud to represent hard-working men and women in the U.S. cement industry which is a vital component of our nation’s infrastructure needs. We are pleased to support the introduction of legislation that takes into account the life-cycle costs of building materials. When the benefits of longlasting and durable concrete are taken into account, we believe the market for this valuable material will only be enhanced.” – Cecile Conroy, Government Affairs Director, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

“The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) adds its name in support of the PAID Act of 2019 introduced by Congressman Pete Stauber. CRSI members make up the majority of the domestic reinforced concrete industry for production, fabrication, transport, and placement of reinforcing steel. Over 30 percent of the total amount of reinforcing steel used in the USA is used in roads and bridges each year. We support efforts to fund surface transportation and infrastructure for overall cost savings to the American taxpayer and for the long-term value of reinforced concrete construction. CRSI professionals are involved in research, design, and construction of steel reinforced concrete. We look forward to working with Congress on legislation enhancing investment decisions for our nation’s roadways and bridges." – Danielle Kleinhans, President & CEO, CRSI

“Not enough analysis goes into transportation investment decisions. The emphasis is placed on upfront costs rather than long-term costs and benefits. Both local and federal planners and policymakers can make a difference in the future of this country’s transportation and infrastructure network by implementing economic analyses such as life cycle cost analysis.” – Robert Puentes, President and CEO of Eno

"The American Highway Users Alliance --which represents the interests of fuel and truck taxpayers -- supports aggressive, systemic action to restore the status of American roads and bridges to that of the finest in the world and manage these assets over their useful lifetime. Users of American roads should be confident that our roads and roadsides are safe, our bridges are strong and long-lasting, and our pavements smooth, durable, and well-preserved. The Highway Users supports federal policy that encourages the States to keep federal taxpayers’ interests in mind by evaluating the short and long-term benefits of various, value engineered construction and materials approaches. However, we agree the States should not be required or encouraged by the federal government to select a particular construction material over another as part of the evaluation process.” – Greg Cohen, President & CEO, AHUA