Ohio Takes A 1-2 Punch on Infrastructure

Ohioans are taking a one-two punch from Gov. Kasich and President Trump on the state’s infrastructure funding. Kasich’s new two-year budget continues to cut state support for the Local Government Fund, forcing cities to skimp on services. And Trump’s plan would hit the major role the federal government plays financing large scale projects.

“The only result of starving local government is to drive an increase in local taxes and fees, or scrimping on services – like street repairs,” said Robert Davis, Ohio Council 8 Political and Legislative Director.

For a street-level view just ask City of Cleveland AFSCME Local 100 member Henry Hughes. Hughes was dispatched to check out a problem on the city’s East Side. After parking his truck on the street near the suspected leak, he returned shortly and was surprised to find a sinkhole had opened up and swallowed the vehicle.

“Our members work hard to maintain the city’s water system and it’s a job that is never finished,” said Derrick Pollard, president of the 1,200-member union that represents Cleveland City workers.

“It takes a lot of skill and dedication to supply Cleveland with a high-quality, reliable water supply and we take great pride in the work we do – that’s why we never quit,” he said.

According to Davis, under Gov. Ted Strickland’s 2010-11 state budget, the Local Government Fund received $694.4 million in state funding. The budget Gov. Kasich just signed appropriates just $381.8 million to fund local government operations.

“Repairing and improving America’s infrastructure is on everyone’s ‘talking points’ list — but it’s not on many ‘doing points’ list,” Davis said.

Over half of AFSCME Local 100’s members in Cleveland work maintaining the city’s nearly 5,200 miles of underground pipes and water mains.

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