Infrastructure and Jobs
Investing in our infrastructure has historically been a non-partisan issue. However, in recent years, Congress’ investment in addressing America’s crumbling infrastructure has been pathetically weak. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives our infrastructure a D+ grade and the World Economic Forum ranks America 24th in infrastructure. Transportation for America estimates that there are 63,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States – 2088 in New York State and 99 in Western New York alone. Brian has consistently called on Congress to make a bold investment in nation building right here at home. In 2012 he introduced the Nation Building Here at Home Act , which would have invested $1.2 trillion over five years to rebuild our infrastructure, with the potential to create 27 million jobs and reduce unemployment to 5.6 percent.
More on Infrastructure and Jobs
Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Senator Chris Jacobs, Assemblymember Ray Walter and Village of Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa are calling on the New York State Thruway Authority to dedicate available funding to transition the toll plazas in Williamsville and Lackawanna to electronic tolling.
Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins:
“The people of Grand Island and Western New York spoke up and demanded action on the Grand Island tolls, and we are grateful to the Governor for once again listening to the pleas from Western New Yorkers.
Citizens Campaign for the Environment led a “Save the EPA” rally with Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and several Western New York environmental organizations emphasizing the importance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role in protecting the health and safety of communities.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems has been awarded a $10,367,772 contract with the United States Air Force through the Department of Defense for the production of additional Joint Threat Emitter systems.
“Local workers are helping to equip our armed forces with state-of-the-art training equipment and while their work supports our troops, this contract supports the Western New York economy and jobs,” said Congressman Higgins.
Perry Street stretches from HarborCenter in Downtown Buffalo through the Cobblestone District and into South Buffalo’s Old First Ward. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) travels the 1.1 mile route frequently and, troubled by the vacant and deteriorating conditions of publicly owned property in the area, is proposing a plan to help the neighborhood reach its great potential.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Erie County Legislator Peter Savage and Village of Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang marked the start of construction on a more than $800,000 project improving pedestrian and recreational bicycle access along Elmwood Avenue in the Village of Kenmore.