Lorain Leaders Celebrate Major Infrastructure Bill & Push for Passage of Legislation that Will Cut Costs for Working Ohioans
November 18, 2021
Lorain, OH — Today, Lorain elected officials and workers celebrated the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and discussed what it means for Lorain, as part of the Building Ohio Together Tour, organized by the Ohio Democratic Party and For Our Future Ohio.
“The infrastructure bill represents the largest infrastructure investment in American history and will have meaningful results for working families here in Lorain. This bill means critical investments in roads and bridges. It means clean drinking water for families across the state. It means expanded access to broadband for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who currently lack access. And it means good-paying jobs for Ohioans across the state,” said Matt Lundy, Lorain County Commissioner.
“There’s been lots of talk about the politics behind the historic infrastructure bill passed this month, but not enough talk about what it will mean for working families in Ohio…Billions of dollars are headed to our state to make our roads and bridges safer and help your family get where they need to go more efficiently…The pandemic underscored how important it is to be able to connect to our friends, family and loved ones. Because of this legislation, hundreds of thousands more Ohioans will be able to do so,” said John Hunter, Mayor of Sheffield Village.
The bipartisan bill will create good-paying jobs and help Ohio businesses grow by investing in our roads, bridges, public transit, water pipes and broadband.
“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will create good-paying union jobs and rebuild Ohio’s crumbling infrastructure. It means supporting the small businesses that grow our economy and help us compete against other countries to bring more jobs back home. And right here because of this historic bill, the Great Lakes are set to receive $1 billion in new funding to support clean drinking water and support hundreds of thousands of jobs,” said John Novak, IBEW Local 129 Business Manager.
“Building on the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, Build Back Better legislation will invest in you and your family, including making healthcare, child care, elder care and housing more affordable and creating more tax cuts for working families in Ohio,” said Jim Slone, President of Lorain County CAP Council.
These critical investments in physical infrastructure will also be bolstered by Build Back Better legislation that will invest in human infrastructure, by cutting taxes and making life more affordable for working Ohioans.
Local leaders also discussed how these investments will help working families in Lorain get ahead and help communities like Lorain compete on a global stage.
More on the new infrastructure funding below:
- Ohio is expected to receive $9.2 billion for highways and $483 million for bridge replacement and repairs. [White House, 8/4/21]
- Ohio is expected to receive $1.2 billion to improve public transit. [White House, 8/4/21]
- Ohio is expected to receive $100 million in broadband funding, including providing high-speed internet access to the at least 259,000 Ohioans who lack it. [White House, 8/4/21]
- Ohio is expected to receive $1.4 billion over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state. [White House, 8/4/21]
- Ohio is expected to receive approximately $253 million for infrastructure development for airports. [White House, 8/4/21]