Johnson and Parker Sign Letter in Support of the Infrastructure Act – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker were among several mayors of North Texas who showed their support for a bipartisan infrastructure package in a letter to the leaders of the US Senate and House of Representatives.

The Mayor of Arlington, Jim Ross, the Mayor of Denton, Gerard Hudspeth, the Mayor of DeSoto, Rachel Proctor, and the Mayor of Plano, John Muns, also signed the letter from the United States Mayors’ Conference urging action on the bipartisan infrastructure framework were required.

“This framework would be the largest long-term investment in our country’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century – $ 1.2 trillion over eight years – to make our economy more sustainable, resilient and fairer,” the letter reads.

The bipartisan infrastructure framework mentioned in the letter would cost approximately $ 1.2 trillion over eight years. The potential price of Biden’s entire infrastructure package hit over $ 3.5 trillion after meeting with senators on Monday.

According to a White House fact sheet, the American Society of Civil Engineers has given Texas a C- on its infrastructure certificate.

In the letter, the coalition of mayors across the country called for two issues as the details of the package are developed:

  • No previously legally signed funds may be reallocated or diverted to fund new investments in infrastructure
  • Strengthening local decision-makers and commitment to more locality through investments in existing systems such as block grants for energy efficiency and conservation, block grants for community development and block grants for surface transport

Other Texas mayors who have signed the letter include Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.


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