Date: Aug 10, 2011
Press Release Number: 78-2011
The 18,000 member Middlesex County Construction and Building Trades Council has come out in support of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s $33 billion Capital Plan funded by a revised toll structure that pays for needed upgrades and improvements to the region’s transportation infrastructure.
Kevin Duncan, president of the Middlesex County Construction and Building Trades Council, stated that the Port Authority proposal will be a positive step for New Jersey and the region. “Of course, no one likes increases in tolls and fares, but we know that our transportation system needs repairs and improvements and that we also need a way to pay for it. User fees provide a level of fairness,” said Mr. Duncan.
The Middlesex County Construction and Building Trades Council views job creation as another key reason for supporting the Port Authority Capital Plan. “More than 185,000 jobs will be supported through this Capital Plan. In these tough economic times, putting people to work is critically important to families and also for stabilizing communities,” said Mr. Duncan. “We cannot afford to ignore our urgent infrastructure needs, and we should not rely on excessive borrowing to pay for this work.”
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman or Ron Marsico, 212 435-7777