The 2022 midterm election is set to have a significant effect on the industry—with billions of dollars in construction-related bonds, as well as other ballot initiatives enacted, and with dust settling on changed or sustained state leadership, and, critically, on control of Congress and a 2023 agenda that still is unclear.
ENR has compiled its coverage of the 2022 midterm elections here, for readers' convenience.
Party control of the Senate and the Congress are still open questions in the days after Election Day. Industry issues from clean energy to the FAA reauthorization bill remain up in the air for the 2023 congressional agenda.
Midterm election results in state leadership could affect project outcomes, plans and financing as new administrations take hold and re-elected incumbents seek to sustain infrastructure strategies.
Measures aimed at bolstering California's infrastructure, schools and affordable housing proved popular with state voters on Nov. 8, with more than $15 billion in bond measures for school district projects alone on the ballot, but Californians did not approve a statewide initiative for a tax on high-income residents to fund the transition to zero-emission vehicles.
While many vote tallies were tight in Southeast states for elected representatives, voters in three states made other choices: hundreds of millions toward construction bonds and other issues from museums to transportation.
Voters cast their support in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Vermont for ballot measures that include support for school renovations.
Voters in Baltimore overwhelmingly approved four general-obligation bond measures totaling $164 million, guaranteeing funding for facilities and infrastructure programs for the next two fiscal years.
In a move that is expected to give a lift to construction in New York state, voters by a wide margin passed a $4.2-billion statewide bond measure that would fund a range of environmental infrastructure projects.