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Obama unveils $300 billion transportation infrastructure plan

Joe Centers • Mar 2, 2014 at 2:07 PM

President Obama last week unveiled plans for a burst of spending on transportation and infrastructure projects, a proposal the White House says will save middle class jobs and provide an overdue investment in the country's foundation.

Obama detailed his four-year $302 billion proposal that calls for building, fixing or maintaining thousands of miles of roads and rail lines. The president wants to use revenue from closing tax loopholes to raise the necessary funds.

Obama has toured the country in recent weeks, pitching economic plans he unveiled in his State of the Union Address, including calling on Congress to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, extend emergency unemployment benefits and hiking transportation funding.

The president has urged Congress to pass a transportation funding bill by the end of summer. The current funding bill expires Sept. 30 and without action, the White House says that more than 700,000 jobs are at risk.

More money for road work is good news for Norwalk and all of its construction companies.

A story about Obama's program and potential impact for Huron County was published recently in the Norwalk Reflector. So you don't miss stories such as this one, you can subscribe to the Norwalk Reflector to receive home delivery and/or the e-paper, which is a complete digital replica of each issue. For more information, call (419) 668-3771 or click HERE.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Corey Mitchell of the Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MCT and Reflector Managing Editor Joe Centers contributed to the story.

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