Reporting Holly Wagner
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The mayor of St. Paul is making a public plea to get more money for bridges and roads.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is pushing for President Obama’s jobs bill, which many Republicans have called “just another stimulus package.”
Coleman stood in front of the Lafayette Bridge where construction has been taking place after the bridge was deemed “fractural critical.”
He said the work on the bridge is an example of the types of jobs that could be created with Obama’s jobs bill.
“At a time when our economy is struggling, where too many men and women are struggling to put food on the table, where too many of our building and construction trade members are without employment or have been so for a long time. We have a great opportunity to use this money that has been a part of the jobs act, the infrastructure bank, to put Americans back to work,” Coleman said.
Coleman was joined by Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel, President of the AFL-CIO Shar Knutson and Harry Melander, President of the Minnesota State Building and Trades Council.
The group is calling on Minnesota’s members of Congress to help pass the president’s jobs bill.
Coleman said it’s just not about replacing infrastructure but it’s also about improving business overall.