American Council of Engineering Companies Senior Vice President for Advocacy and External Affairs Steve Hall discussed various reasons for why infrastructure needs to be funded and why it is crucial for keeping people working on the Sept. 28 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Investing in infrastructure
Hall started by advocating for FAST Act funding. This infrastructure bill is what keeps federal dollars flowing into infrastructure projects throughout the country. The funding for this bill is set to expire on Sept. 30.
Without this funding being renewed until a later date, Hall said there can be no repairs, no maintenance and no expansion. In addition to a lack of improvements, jobs may be lost. Thousands of construction workers stand to lose work if these projects are not funded.
Hall said quality infrastructure is a crucial part of our society. While it provides a safe way for people to move about for work or leisure, it offers other benefits. Those who build our infrastructure are highly-skilled and make above average wages. He added that infrastructure is what keeps our supply chain moving.
As a way of providing funding for infrastructure projects, Hall said a gas tax hike is a good avenue. Despite this, he said a full bill will eventually need to be passed.
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