Bipartisan legislation provides a major federal investment to create good paying jobs and rebuild Wisconsin’s infrastructure
Washington, D.C. – Following the Senate passage of the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, transportation leaders across Wisconsin are praising U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin for her YES vote. The bipartisan legislation provides a major federal investment to create good paying jobs and rebuild Wisconsin’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges, water infrastructure, and expanding access to affordable and reliable high speed broadband. The bipartisan legislation also includes strong Buy American standards that Senator Baldwin pushed for to support Wisconsin workers, manufactures and businesses.
“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will be a tremendous help to our efforts to bring Wisconsin’s transportation system into the 21st century,” said Craig Thompson, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. “Along with accelerating the improvement of roads and bridges all over the state, the bill will enable us to make greater investments in our transit systems, support for electric vehicles, and improvements in highway safety. This is truly an investment in improving the quality of life for all the people of Wisconsin. We thank Senator Baldwin for her leadership and support on this vital infrastructure package.”
“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act not only provides increased federal support for transportation in Wisconsin, but also the long-term market certainty that contractors need to make their own investments in hiring and training workers, equipment purchases and other capital facilities,” said Patrick Goss, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association. “The impact will be better roads and bridges, a stronger overall economy and safer travel for all of Wisconsin. I want to personally thank Senator Baldwin and the Senators on both sides of the aisle who supported this important initiative.”
"We commend Senator Baldwin for supporting the bipartisan infrastructure bill that will help build a stronger economy and make a real difference in the lives of Wisconsin working families. She knows this will create jobs and put people to work rebuilding our great state so we appreciate her leadership on this issue,” said Brandon Strand, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association. “We support Wisconsin's vision to use these resources to fix what we have and keep more of our roads in good condition longer. We stand ready to assist with the competitive grants portion of this package to ensure that we are maximizing the opportunity of this once in a generation infrastructure investment."
“The success of families, businesses, and communities in the 21st century demands quality supply chain and information age infrastructure that is ubiquitous throughout the Badger state,” said Mike Koles, Executive Director of Wisconsin Towns Association. “This Act makes a critical down payment on that success, investing in the backbone federal highway system, increasing flexibility for federal funding to be used on first and last mile local roads, and expanding broadband so every Wisconsinite will be empowered to participate in today’s and tomorrow’s economy.”
Senator Baldwin’s statement on passage of the bipartisan legislation can be found here.