HNTB Corporation recently issued a new Viewpoint that ties transportation investment to job growth and provides an update on federal surface transportation authorization, which is set to expire on May 31, 2015.
Yarossi said infrastructure investment leads to quality American jobs that can't be outsourced.
“Funding transportation infrastructure generates a host of benefits, including real, meaningful American jobs. Quality jobs that can’t be outsourced,” wrote Paul Yarossi, PE, president HNTB Holdings Ltd. “Today you can walk onto a construction site as a laborer and walk out as an equipment operator.”
Yarossi encouraged all funding options remain on the table for Congress, but also detailed a potential solution to the shortfall in the federal transportation budget that involves increasing the gas tax. “Every penny added to the gas tax costs the average driver about $10 a year, and would support or create more than 13,860 jobs in the transportation construction sector that would positively impact overall U.S. employment, economic development and quality of life,” Yarossi added.
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