Louise Line: Protecting Infrastructure Growth
Last week, I got an inside look at the progress going on at the Inner Loop, a project that’s helped create hundreds of new construction jobs and that’s reconnecting neighborhoods in Rochester. This project would not have been possible without a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, federal funding I am proud to have secured for this initiative.
Right now, the president is plowing ahead with a 2018 budget that reduces transportation funding by $2.4 billion, including the full elimination of the TIGER grant program. This contradicts the White House website pledge that “crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our very, very beautiful land.”
With updated infrastructure comes a stronger regional economy. Think about it. When a community has modern infrastructure, it makes it easier and more accessible for new businesses—and their good-paying jobs—to settle in and stay.
We cannot go backward on our efforts to grow and make much-needed improvements to our transportation infrastructure. I’m committed to continue fighting against what I believe is a short-sighted budget proposal and to saving programs like TIGER so that we can keep our region and nation competitive in a 21st century economy.