The chief executive officer of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), Doug Carlson, issued the following statement about the Biden Administration’s “The American Jobs Plan”:
“President Biden’s infrastructure plan has some very good elements in it, such as the $111 billion to increase spending on improving our nation’s water infrastructure systems. The $100 billion for both broadband improvements and building a resilient electric grid will deliver long-term improvements for millions of Americans.
“However, our industry joins the American business community in being wary about how the President is going to pay for all of this with corporate tax increases on the very companies that create new jobs. Congress has its work cut out on reconciling this plan with economic and fiscal realities.
“The best thing that can be said about the plan is that the Administration and Congress, and both parties, are at least talking about infrastructure. Our deteriorating water and wastewater systems, crumbling highways, and insufficient broadband capacity can’t be ignored forever.”
A comprehensive list of the utility construction industry’s 2021 legislative infrastructure priorities can be found here or be reviewed online at www.nuca.com, under Media/Comment Letters, released March 3, 2021.