National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association President and CEO Michael W. Johnson joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss how an infrastructure plan will prioritize surface transportation and provide significant long-term investments.
Infrastructure jobs create work in allied industries
The COVID-19 pandemic single handedly killed hundreds of thousands of jobs across the United States. One thing that will put many of these people back to work is the passage of an infrastructure bill. If the American Jobs Act is passed, thousands of workers in construction and allied industries will be back on the job and we will finally have repairs and replacements completed on America’s failing infrastructure.
Funding the infrastructure plan
Johnson went on to talk about how the plan could be funded. While some money will be provided by the government, there would also be a public investment into the plan. He explained how the Highway Trust Fund would have to be fixed to ensure that other methods of funding besides the gas tax are incorporated.
He added that while electric vehicles would be exempt from the gas tax, there would need to be a way to tax them so they can also pay their fair share in taxes. It was mentioned that there would be a miles-traveled equation to tax electric vehicles as well as a user fee. He stated that this would be the fairest way to tax drivers with electric vehicles.
Johnson concluded his segment by saying that the Biden administration needs to go at this aggressively and keep the pressure on to get everything passed.