Voters Have Higher Priorities than Nuclear Weapons

Published Oct 15, 2020 Updated Oct 19, 2020

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The United States has begun replacing most of the nuclear weapons in its arsenal with new, enhanced bombs and the systems to deliver them (missiles, submarines, and bombers)—at an estimated cost to taxpayers of at least $1.5 trillion over the next 30 years.

In fiscal year 2020 alone, the US allocated $67.6 billion on its nuclear weapons systems.

Recent polling of Michigan and Wisconsin voters shows that voters in those states do not believe that spending $1.5 trillion to replace the nation’s nuclear weapons should be a top priority of the federal government. Instead, they want their tax dollars spent on critical priorities including cleaning up polluted drinking water supplies, expanding access to quality health care, increasing job opportunities, and fixing roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.

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