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Two not so disparate events happened last week on opposite ends of the country. First, the President speaking from the White House proposed a $50 billion program to create jobs through infrastructure funding.  A few days later a 50-year-old gas main ruptured in a community south of San Francisco destroying an entire neighborhood. The Obama proposal received lukewarm attention, especially from folks who oppose more government spending, while the explosion horrified anyone with gas lines running near their homes—many of us. While we shouldn’t panic over San Bruno-style gas main ruptures coming to a town near you, the tragedy once again red flags the country’s looming infrastructure crisis—old and inadequate systems face breakdowns, which not only impact economic competitiveness, but lead to dire consequences.       

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