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The Cost of Not Maintaining Levees

Kristina Costa and Donna Cooper consider Hurricane Issac and the cost of not maintaing levees.

Hurricane Isaac hit the Gulf Coast shoreline and began moving over New Orleans and up the Mississippi River just as the American public is again debating the proper size and scope of government.

Having healthy disagreements is vital for our democracy. But this Category 1 hurricane is an urgent reminder that government plays an important role in protecting citizens and property, particularly where the private sector is unable or unwilling to do so. There are also few instances where government is more crucial than in the construction and maintenance of vital public infrastructure.

The above excerpt was originally published in Politico. Click here to view the full article.

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Kristina Costa

Senior Fellow

Donna Cooper

Senior Fellow