Mayors from across the country are calling for a MainStreet Job and Infrastructure Stimulus plan totaling $89.8 billion. The mayors’ stimulus plan includes funding for transit and roads, green jobs, school modernization and community development.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors presented the plan to the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee just last week.
Saying that they cannot wait for the new president and the new congress to take office, the mayors called on congress to act quickly. “This crisis is happening now and stimulus funding for infrastructure projects can rapidly be spent by directly funding cities and counties, so that work can begin now,” they said.
My thinking is that it is doubtful that such a bill will be passed before the new administration takes office, but the plea demonstrates to congress the urgency felt across the country. Even if congress fails to act, the mayors deserve applause for bringing the matter to Washington’s attention.