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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Invest in roads, bridges, railroads and Jobs...Some budget items must be increased not cut.

Here in Nevada, 39 bridges are deficient—and 251,365 vehicles cross those bridges every day. Meanwhile, 13.4 percent of Nevadans are jobless.

With so many Nevadans out of work and so many bridges and other pieces of critical infrastructure in need of work, there’s a simple solution: Congress must pass legislation putting jobless Americans to work fixing critical infrastructure—bridges, schools, roads, ports and more.

These projects don’t just create good jobs for the people who do the original work—though that’s a big part of why they are important right now. They also make our economy perform better in the long term by increasing productivity. And they make America and our state better, safer places to live.

Immediate work on Nevada’s crumbling infrastructure is a start. But we also need to pass a fully funded surface transportation reauthorization and start now on even bigger projects—world-class communications and energy systems, high-speed rail and other infrastructure we need to be competitive in the 21st century.

Tell Congress: We need to fix our broken infrastructure and get started on even bigger projects, too—the world-class communications and energy systems, high-speed rail and other infrastructure we need to be competitive in the 21st century.

I haven’t been to China, though I hope to go soon. But I am told that when you fly to Shanghai, you land in a brand-new airport, you have high-speed broadband access from the moment you arrive and you can get on a high-speed train in the arrival terminal that will take you directly to downtown Shanghai at speeds faster than 100 miles per hour.

This just isn’t available in any U.S. city. But we can change that. We can meet these standards—and beat them. But only if our leaders rise to the challenge.

Thank you for all the work you do.

In Solidarity,

Richard L. Trumka
President, AFL-CIO

P.S. In tough times, America has come together and put America back to work by building and rebuilding our infrastructure. But so far, the Republicans won’t do it. That’s why we’re taking the pressure to every individual member of Congress today—highlighting just how much work there is to be done and how many jobless Americans are ready to get to work.

First posted 10-5-11


Anonymous said...

What a surprise, China is more advanced than the U.S. at yet another thing. The writer of this article, Richard Trumka is right! We need to do the old fashioned thing, and build things ourselves again. Americans need jobs, and Americans need safe, reliable infrastructure in order to rebuild an America like we used to have.

Angelina Gomez
HN 4041

SJ Walker BC03 said...

People need to get off their high horses & realize that lives are at stake. People used to work for less than minimum wage but what they did made history!! Are we too proud to actually work for the greater picture now?

Maura Goldberg COM101 6002 said...

Work for the unemployed to make improvements is an outstanding idea! The budgets have been cut so much with education & other necessary issues, I don't know where the money will come from. Oh, I know - let's reduce the politicians salaries by 5% and use that money.

Anonymous said...

I agree we need to start building these 21st century railroad systems. I don't even know why we don't already have them. They will make our transportation more faster and accessible to those in need. The lazy people who are collecting unemployment need to start working. Go do something.