May 6, 2020,
To the ACEC Community,
ACEC National has launched a website to support our virtual advocacy campaign for an infrastructure-based economic recovery in a post-COVID-19 America. Your voice is a critical part of this effort, and the Rescue, Recover, Rebuild (R3) website has the tools and resources for you to effectively lobby our elected leaders into action.
The R3 website is a central clearinghouse for fact sheets, letters to Congress, and social media resources to make your voice heard. And it will evolve along with our advocacy program, offering up-to-the-minute news and new resources for you. I encourage you to bookmark the site and share it with your colleagues.
Our country needs an economic stimulus. This week the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago estimated that because of COVID-19, more than one third (34 percent) of people eligible to work today are not working. This includes workers on unpaid leave and those not seeking jobs due to stay-at-home orders.
Restarting the economy and job growth will take time, but it will be measurably faster if Congress passes legislation to invest in our critical infrastructure. Every dollar invested in fixing America’s roads and bridges creates $4 in economic activity. For every $1 billion spent to improve our water infrastructure, 23,000 jobs are created. At a time when states are feeling the twin burdens of lower tax revenues and skyrocketing unemployment insurance costs, an injection of robust and sustained federal infrastructure funding would start the country on the road to recovery.
Congress already has the framework for an infrastructure-based recovery program. Both the House and the Senate were working on reauthorizing America’s surface transportation and water infrastructure programs before the virus struck. We’ve heard that momentum is building in the House and the Senate to roll these bills together. We must keep the pressure on.
Closer to home, we’re working with our MOs and the Legal Counsel Forum on best practices for A/E firms to reopen their workplaces. ACEC New York has taken the lead in this effort, releasing a set of best practices that I encourage you to read. We will release our guidance later this month.
As always, stay safe and stay tuned to ACEC.
Linda Bauer Darr
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