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Infrastructure Investment Must Create Good Jobs for All

Infrastructure Investment Must Create Good Jobs for All

Author Karla Walter describes how federal lawmakers can support America’s 21st-century competitiveness by ensuring that any federal infrastructure plan invests in good jobs.

Advancing a large-scale plan to rebuild America’s crumbling roads and bridges is at the top of many federal lawmakers’ 2019 agenda. After President Donald Trump’s failed attempt to advance such a bill in 2018, progressive policymakers should move forward with a bold plan to invest in America’s 21st century competitiveness—a goal that will require prioritizing investment in green energy, broadband, and targeted support for struggling communities alongside support for the nation’s existing physical infrastructure.

Equally important, lawmakers must ensure that any major infrastructure investment also helps secure the nation’s long-term prosperity. This means that the jobs supported by the plan must pay fair wages, provide good benefits and a voice on the job, and offer American workers from all walks of life a pathway to the middle class.

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Karla Walter

Senior Fellow, Inclusive Economy