RE: Infrastructure bank advocates seek Senate champions
Honorable Senators Casey and Toomey:
I am a self-employed PA Professional Engineer, and your constituent.
Please see the excellent article on Politico.com, entitled “Infrastructure bank advocates seek a new champion,” authored by Kathryn A. Wolfe, and linked below. It’s call is critical to both our nation’s and my profession’s well-being:
I strongly agree with MA Senator and Sec of State nominee John Kerry: “A national infrastructure bank will make Americans builders again.”
More importantly, I also agree with Marcia Hale, president of Building America’s Future: “Hutchison was really important in this process,” Hale said, adding that whatever Democrat might take up Kerry’s mantle in the Senate will need a GOP partner to have any hope of success. “A partnership with a Republican is key.”
I disagree with Sen. John Thune (R-SD),ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, when he says federal infrastructure bank will “primarily benefit larger, metropolitan areas while ignoring the needs of rural states.” The metro areas provide the major markets for most of the product transported from countryside into the cities. Both city and countryside are weaker without safe, reliable connectivity.
There should, though, be a correction factor applied to more isolated, rural taxpayers to alleviate Sen Thune’s very legitimate concerns that rural citizens will be disproportionately burdened.
While state-level infrastructure planning and solutions have their place for regional solutions, we are all truly in our nation’s infrastructure crisis together. Perhaps this is why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce backs such a federal solution.
Please consider taking up the bipartisan mantel from Senators J. Kerry and Bailey Hutchinson.
Thank you both for your time.
~ Steve Todd, PE, LEED AP
Executive Director/Principal, Todd Enterprises