JAMESTOWN – President Joe Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan could bring thousands of jobs to Chautauqua County.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer spoke about Biden’s $2 trillion initiative, known as the American Jobs Act, during a visit to Jamestown last week.
Schumer says the bill will do more than just improve the roads, but help improve the local workforce as well.
“The intention here is not just to get out of the ditch of COVID, but also to get our economy going at a fast clip,” said Schumer. “Between 1970 and 2000 our economy grew at three, three and a half percent, wages grew at three, four, five percent, but in the 21st Century, the 2000s, it grew much more slowly, that is not good enough anymore; that’s why more kids went into poverty, that’s why there was higher unemployment.”
The infrastructure initiative looks to fix up 20,000 miles of roads and 10,000 bridges while addressing climate change, racial inequities, and raising corporate taxes.