By Susan Gobreski, Tracy Sabetta, and Renate Pore
Last week, a diverse array of 25 Ohio and 36 Pennsylvania stakeholders, including the PA and OH AFL-CIO, business owners, community, faith-based, racial justice, environmental and other organizations, submitted a letter to each Congressional delegation to support a national infrastructure plan that prioritizes Appalachian needs.
As debate continues on the budget reconciliation package, Congress must ensure that significant investments in manufacturing and innovation, redevelopment of abandoned coal plants and former steel facilities, the inclusion of community and labor standards, and the revitalization of the Civilian Conservation Corps are incorporated in legislation.
As the letter states, “The regional leaders who have signed onto the letter sent today urge you to not pass up this once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in our infrastructure, family-sustaining jobs, and a cleaner environment for future generations in the Appalachian region. Please join us in working to restore hope and property to Appalachia.”
We are in the process of soliciting organizational sign-on letter for West Virginian groups- sign up here if your organization is interested in endorsing!