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Arizona’s infrastructure is the subject of significant debate this legislative session. While infrastructure can be defined in many ways, it is essential for the efficient movement of people, goods and elections.

Last fall, a citizen task force studied the issue of transportation funding. Their efforts resulted in several pieces of legislation considered by the Legislature this year. One is a ballot measure raising the gas tax, currently at 18 cents per gallon for cars and light trucks to 28 cents per gallon. Yet another bill increases fees to generate revenue for Arizona’s roads and highways. The Highway User Revenue Fund will no doubt be an issue in budget negotiations.

Governor Doug Ducey in his State of the State address touted broadband infrastructure for rural Arizona schools. The governor explained that schools need bandwidth to perform and grow. A $5 million budget recommendation for broadband infrastructure will draw down one-time federal funding to help connect Arizona’s rural schools.

The governor’s budget recommends a permanent commitment to the three in-state universities to support approximately $1 billion in new research and development infrastructure, including deferred maintenance projects, by diverting transaction privilege tax revenues paid by the universities to enable a new 30-year bond program. The recommendation calls for an investment of $110 million in the first three years alone.

Arizona’s infrastructure is the subject of significant debate this legislative session. While infrastructure can be defined in many ways, it is essential for the efficient movement of people, goods and elections.

Last fall, a citizen task force studied the issue of transportation funding. Their efforts resulted in several pieces of legislation considered by the Legislature this year. One is a ballot measure raising the gas tax, currently at 18 cents per gallon for cars and light trucks to 28 cents per gallon. Yet another bill increases fees to generate revenue for Arizona’s roads and highways. The Highway User Revenue Fund will no doubt be an issue in budget negotiations.

Governor Doug Ducey in his State of the State address touted broadband infrastructure for rural Arizona schools. The governor explained that schools need bandwidth to perform and grow. A $5 million budget recommendation for broadband infrastructure will draw down one-time federal funding to help connect Arizona’s rural schools.

The governor’s budget recommends a permanent commitment to the three in-state universities to support approximately $1 billion in new research and development infrastructure, including deferred maintenance projects, by diverting transaction privilege tax revenues paid by the universities to enable a new 30-year bond program. The recommendation calls for an investment of $110 million in the first three years alone.

Each of these infrastructure projects benefit Arizona and its economic development efforts. The Arizona Association of Economic Development is at the State Capitol each day talking with lawmakers about the benefits of economic development tools and infrastructure investment. As the leading voice for economic development, AAED will continue to advocate for its members.