The Big Costs of Infrastructure Cutbacks

To better understand the spending and service adjustments that city leaders are facing, the National League of Cities conducted a survey of over 1,100 cities, towns, and villages from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in June 2020. The results point to difficult cuts that will hinder economic reopening and recovery, with significant ripple effects felt throughout the private sector.  

Of note, 65% of cities indicate that they are delaying or completely canceling capital outlays and infrastructure projects, and 61% say they are delaying or canceling equipment purchases, which will stunt local commercial activity among businesses that supply equipment for municipal projects.