Rural Organizing Education Fund welcomes President Biden’s visit this week to Northeast Ohio, as he marks the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Ohio’s need for investment in infrastructure is real and pressing, as reflected by the American Society of Civil Engineer’s designation that the state’s infrastructure is at a “C Minus” or “Mediocre, Requires Attention” level. The bipartisan package begins to address these issues by providing ten-billion dollars in highway funding for the state, in addition to more than thirty three billion in competitive grant funding for highway and multi-modal projects. These funds are crucial as Ohio’s roads and bridges carry the third highest freight load out of all 50 states.
“For far too long, deficiencies in infrastructure have held back Ohio’s rural communities from reaching their full potential” said Brent Edwards, Rural Organizing’s Ohio Statewide Organizer. “We urge state and local leaders to put aside partisan differences and fully participate in this competitive grant making process so their constituents can benefit from the passage of this long awaited infrastructure legislation. If done right, local investment will lead to local jobs, benefitting our communities. Doing so can unlock this once in a generation source of funding, in order to build more equitable and resilient communities so all of Ohio’s residents can thrive.”
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