While Senator John Thune threatens that Republicans could block the Senate’s compromise infrastructure deal because they are unhappy with the President and Senate Democrats’ separate budget proposal, CNBC notes that South Dakota has the third-worst infrastructure in the nation:
The evolving definition of infrastructure chips away at the Mount Rushmore State’s performance. Roads are in good shape (though bridges need some work), and the drinking water and wastewater systems are in good shape. But South Dakota’s average internet speeds are the lowest in the continental United States at a sluggish 75 Mbps, according to BroadbandNow Research. The power grid is on the low end of the reliability scale, and there are limited sites available for development.
2021 Infrastructure score: 141 out of 375 points (Top States Grade: D-)
U.S. population within 500 miles: 23,122,610
Bridges in poor condition: 18%
Roads in unacceptable condition: 9%
Broadband access: 78.2%
Power outages per year: 4.9 hours [Scott Cohn, “These Are America’s 10 Worst States for Infrastructure,” CNBC, 2021.07.14]
Gripe and moan all you want about the budget, Senator Thune. But when the feds could offer South Dakota billions of dollars to fix real infrastructure problems and boost our economic development, you’re letting hyperpartisanship stand in the way of the greater good.