TEN strongly disagrees with the analysis in today’s AP Impact story “Road Projects Don't Help Unemployment,” which argues against transportation infrastructure spending as an engine of job growth.
Since the stimulus package was passed in February 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation has allocated more than $150 million in contracts for street, highway and bridge construction directly to federal contractors, rather than via state DOTs. New statistics released this week by TEN show not a single dollar of that $150 million was allocated to African-American owned businesses.
With support from TEN, Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) has secured language in the House jobs bill that will help avert public transit crises around the country. The language will let transit authorities use federal funds to keep subways, buses, and rail lines running, while in the past they were restricted to using federal funds for capital improvements.
Testifying before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Policy on Dec. 9, Brookings Institution Vice President Bruce Katz cited TEN's study Stranded at the Station on the devastating service cuts, fare increases, and layoffs in transit agencies across the country.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial "Honor is due" (Dec. 7), celebrating the reopening of U.S. Highway 40/Interstate 64, has a long list of honorees, but there's one important omission: the grassroots groups that fought to make the project serve the Missourians who need it most.
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