ICYMI: Toledo Blade Editorial: Infrastructure Bill is on Road to Helping Ohioans
November 10, 2021
Columbus, OH — In case you missed it, the Toledo Blade Editorial Board yesterday touted the importance of President Biden’s infrastructure bill that includes major investments to improve Ohio’s infrastructure and create new jobs for Ohioans.
“This bill is the largest single commitment to infrastructure by the federal government in more than a decade. Once President Joe Biden signs the bill and the funding is on the way, Ohio and America must get to work to rebuild the state’s roads, bridges, and rails,” writes the Blade Editorial Board.
“Ohioans were promised meaningful investments in infrastructure, and Ohio Democrats are keeping that promise. This bill will not only repair our broken roads and bridges, but also expand broadband across Ohio and create new, good-paying jobs for Ohioans. Despite GOP obstruction and opposition, Ohio Dems are delivering for working families in Ohio,” said Matt Keyes, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.
Read more from the Blade HERE and below:
- Passage of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill by Congress last week brings a much needed infusion of cash for infrastructure needs in Ohio. Working to modernize and fix faltering roads and bridges and other hard infrastructure programs means jobs for Ohioans.
- No state alone can fund the vast infrastructure needs brought on by decades of neglect. That’s why funding from the federal government was required.
- The bill provides an estimated $10 billion in funding for Ohio highways and makes additional competitive grant funding available.
- Ohio has more than 100,000 miles of roadways and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), scored Ohio’s roads at a “D” in their 2021 report card.
- The bill provides $60 billion for state and local governments to fund major improvement projects, including work on bridges.
- Lake Erie will benefit from $1 billion in new funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
- Ohio will net $1.2 billion over five years to help maintain water systems and provide safe drinking water.
- This bill is the largest single commitment to infrastructure by the federal government in more than a decade. Once President Joe Biden signs the bill and the funding is on the way, Ohio and America must get to work to rebuild the state’s roads, bridges, and rails.