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Construction Projects Ready if Jobs Bill Passes

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
September 12, 2011

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The State Secretary of Transportation says he is ready to go with construction projects if the President’s job bill moves through Congress.

President Obama delivered his $447 billion jobs bill to Congress which he says will increase construction and infrastructure jobs.

Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley isn’t sure if Congress will pass it but says more construction work would help the economy.

“People believe and understand that if you’re going to have construction that you’re probably going to have either sustained employment or have new employment.”

Ridley says the real benefit of highway projects is that they get used for the next several decades.

He says if it passes the Department of Transportation could bump up projects on the eight year plan just as it did when the stimulus package was passed.

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