SOURCE: NSSGA | April 3, 2021
Alexandria, VA – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) President and CEO Michael Johnson issued the following statement regarding the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan which was released today.
“Significant infrastructure investment is not only well overdue and desperately needed, but is also absolutely necessary to compete effectively in the world economy. We are encouraged that the administration has taken this first step in the process to get an infrastructure package done this year. However, there remains much work to do to solve the challenges of our nation’s aging infrastructure. Our entire surface transportation system is overutilized and underfunded. NSSGA will continue to fight to make sure that any infrastructure package rightly prioritizes surface transportation and provides significant long-term investment, including a fix to the Highway Trust Fund.
“We all know that investment in infrastructure aids our country’s long-term economic health. In the aggregates industry alone every dollar of wages earned providing the construction materials necessary to build resilient infrastructure generates an additional $4 of wages in other industries. From urban areas to rural towns, infrastructure development will boost local economies.
“There are no Republican or Democratic roads or bridges. The need for infrastructure investment is an issue that spans the partisan divide. Now is the time for members of Congress to come together and pass a bipartisan solution to the problem of decaying American infrastructure. NSSGA looks forward to working with anyone who shares that goal, whether in the administration or on either side of the aisle in Congress, to take advantage of this opportunity for meaningful infrastructure investment that will improve the quality of life of every American, create good jobs, bolster our economy and strengthen the United States position as a global leader.”
NSSGA is the leading advocate for the aggregates industry. Its members – stone, sand and gravel producers and the equipment manufacturers and service providers who support them – produce the essential raw materials found in homes, buildings, roads, bridges and public works projects, NSSGA represents more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel produced annually in the United States. Learn more at www.nssga.org.
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