Zanesville Leaders Celebrate Major Infrastructure Bill & Push for Passage of Legislation that Will Cut Costs for Working Ohioans
December 2, 2021
Zanesville, OH — Today, Zanesville elected officials and workers celebrated the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and discussed what it means for Zanesville and Muskingum County, 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 Zanesville, just like the one we’re standing in front of today – Dug Road,” said Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Secretary-Treasurer Mike Knisley.
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.
“Because of this bill, Ohio’s economy will be back on the road to recovery with billions of dollars in investments and hundreds of new good-paying jobs. We’re working to lower costs for working Ohioans, rather than for big corporations and the super rich,” said Councilman Todd Ware.
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.
“Working Ohioans have felt the squeeze for too long from big corporations. We are excited that with the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Ohio will see good-paying union jobs and finally fix our roads, bridges, water pipes and high-speed internet,” said CWA’s Frank Mathews.
Local leaders also discussed how these investments will help working families get ahead and help communities like Zanesville 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]