President Obama’s jobs plan will invest in our people and our communities—putting Americans back to work rebuilding and renovating our schools, colleges, roads, railroads, and homes. This week’s Friday Facts takes a look at what investing in our infrastructure really means:
$5 billion investment in modernizing community colleges
Investing in community college infrastructure improves access to lifelong learning for all Americans, ensuring the colleges’ ability to serve future generations of students and communities, and creating new jobs for construction workers who are hired to update colleges’ infrastructure.
$15 billion for Project Rebuild: rehabilitating homes, business, and communities
Rehabilitating and refurbishing hundreds of thousands of vacant homes and businesses creates jobs for construction workers, stabilizes neighborhoods hit by foreclosures, and helps communities reduce blight and crime.
$25 billion investment in school infrastructure that will modernize at least 35,000 public schools
Putting a new science lab in a school doesn’t just mean that our kids have access to the latest technology—it means construction jobs in town, a better working environment for teachers, and a better education for students.
The President’s plan includes funding for:
- Rural schools and Bureau of Indian Education funded schools
- Emergency repair and renovation projects to classrooms and school buildings
- Greening and energy efficiency upgrades to school properties
- Building new science and computer labs
$50 billion in immediate investments for highways, transit, rail, and aviation
Our highways, transit, rail, and aviation systems are essential for everything from traveling to work to shipping American-made products overseas to sell in foreign markets. Updating and renovating our roads, railroads, and airports will put hundreds of thousands of construction workers back on the job and help make sure that Americans are traveling on safer roads and bridges.
Print out our Friday Facts sheet and take it with you as you go door to door or make calls to supporters this weekend.