Rebuilding Our Infrastructure

Tired of our roads falling apart?  Politicians claim they don't have money for maintenance and repairs, but the truth is the money IS there and simply is not being spent properly.  Carl DeMaio has proposed numerous reforms to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.

Honest Budgeting: Reveal the Infrastructure Deficit

Politicians are playing shell games by not revealing the infrastructure deficit we face.  Carl DeMaio fought to implement a new assessment approach to infrastructure in San Diego.  After years of delay by politicians, this approach is finally being followed.  Every level of government should be required to disclosure the current infrasucture back-log of repairs and maintenance on their infrastrucutre - and to present a funding plan to catch up.

Fair and Open Competition on Projects

Politicians have bowed to the pressure of powerful special interests and labor unions so many of our infrastructure projects are not competitively bid or have sweetheart costs added to them that waste taxpayer money.  Carl DeMaio co-authored and help win passage of the Fair and Open Competition Initiative that would ban many of these discriminatory policies and save taxpayer money for more infrastrucutre investment.

Public-Private Partnerships

Government can access much-needed funding for projects by partnering with the private sector.  DeMaio has proposed and supported a number of partnerships across the country that have resulted in new infrastructure at no or little expense to the public.  These partnerships should be explored throughout every level of government.

Infrastructure Lock Box

DeMaio proposes that a certain percentage of ALL new monies that flow into government during good economic times should be set aside for infrastructure projects.  This way politicians will not be able to ratchet up spending on ongoing government expenses and will be forced to use one-time monies for infrastructure projects.  In addition, by reducing payroll and employee expenses in infrastructure agencies (such as water districts) the savings can be put back into infrastructure projects where funds truly are needed. Funds should be regularly audited and overseen by independent citizen watchdog panels.