Toledo Leaders Celebrate Major Infrastructure Bill & Push for Passage of Legislation that Will Cut Costs for Working Ohioans
December 9, 2021
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Toledo, OH — Today, Toledo elected officials and workers celebrated the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and discussed what it means for Ohio, 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 Toledo, like clean water and water infrastructure for the 21st century and beyond,” said Chair Walters.
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.
“It’s been seven years since that fateful day when many of us woke up to news that our water was not safe to drink. It’s a crisis none of us want to live through again and this bill puts meaningful investments in place to upgrade our water infrastructure and ensure clean drinking water for all our residents,” said Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz .
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.
“As the economy reopens, big corporations have taken advantage by raising costs and squeezing Ohioans. Corporate greed is the reason Ohioans are seeing everyday costs go up. That’s just one reason why we also have to pass Build Back Better,” said UAW Local 12 President Bruce Baumhower
Local leaders also discussed how these investments will help working families in Ohio get ahead and help communities like Toledo 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]