MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Last Friday, as many of you saw, the Fern Hollow bridge in Pittsburgh collapsed because of age and disrepair. If there were ever a time to reinvest in America, now is that time. The signs are all around us.
President Biden gave a speech later that day in Pittsburgh where he said:
“Throughout our history, public investments and infrastructure have transformed America. The transcontinental railroad and interstate highways united two oceans and brought us into a totally new age of progress. Universal public school and college aid opened wide the doors of opportunity. Scientific breakthroughs took us to the Moon and now to Mars, discovered vaccines, and gave us the Internet and so much more. These are the investments we make together, as one country, and that only government can make. Time and again, they propel us into the future.”
We are on the precipice of making those great investments. The first step was already done with the bi-partisan infrastructure bill. And now we must keep working at the state and federal level for investments in the working people of Pennsylvania to build a better bridge to tomorrow.
Read more below about our work on these important issues this week.
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Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse During President Biden’s Visit Underscores Critical Need for Infrastructure Investment
Stephen Herzenberg | 1/28/21
The president’s address at Hazelwood Green, the site of a former steel mill, focused on the payoff to the new infrastructure law and on efforts to strengthen the nation’s supply chains and revitalize manufacturing in America’s industrial heartland.
Economic Update: PA Needs Action to Sustain Demand and Make Jobs Worth Taking to Achieve Economic Health Beyond Pre-pandemic Levels
Statement: The Democratic Education Funding Plan
New Mayor, New Opportunity—for a Pittsburgh That Works for All
The Outrageous Decision on Vote by Mail
IN THE NEWS
“The party-line Commonwealth Court decision declaring mail-in ballots unconstitutional is immediately outrageous and portends a deepening crisis in our democracy,” the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center said in a statement. “That the Republicans on the Commonwealth Court are willing to interject themselves into critical election issues in such a partisan way suggests that they, along with the Republicans in the General Assembly…have dispensed with an effort to govern by principle and reasoned debate.”
“I learned something that would prove to be very valuable to me in the years since: Anyone can be an advocate for change. But some of the best advocates for progressive social change come from impacted communities and marginalized identities like mine. My background was an asset, not a hindrance, for the first time in my life. So I’ve committed to not only continue working on social change, but to bring that realization to others who have been in my shoes as well.”