Two items from my inbox:
1. The Economic Policy Institute has a new report detailing the positive impacts of transportation infrastructure spending. A $34.3 billion jobs package will create approximately 480,000 direct and indirect jobs. The report includes state-by-state data, as well as demographics of workers likely to get these jobs and the industry/occupation breakdown.
2. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials reports that as states await action on a jobs bill, over 9,800 state infrastructure projects are ‘ready-to-go.’ “These projects, valued at more than $79 billion, will give state departments of transportation the resources necessary to put hundreds of thousands of people back to work, on projects that will improve travel and boost the economy.”
Just something for the Senate to think about while it dithers over a jobs bill and wonders why Americans are losing confidence in government.