City leaders, Sen. Brown push American Jobs Plan in Toledo

(Carolyn Kaster | AP)
Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 5:12 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and other city leaders Tuesday at the Fredrick Douglass Community Association Center to discuss the importance of investing in infrastructure.

The stop was part of the Senator’s push to pass the American Jobs Plan — a bill he said would invest in clean water for Ohioans. He argues the investment is not only important from a public health perspective but would also create jobs and help the economy. Brown said these investments will result in a cleaner Lake Erie.

“The American Jobs Plan recognizes that infrastructure is more than just roads and bridges - it means delivering clean drinking water to Ohioans, eliminating lead pipes and service lines in our water systems, and improving public health,” said Sen. Brown. “We can put Ohioans to work making these critical repairs in good-paying jobs that cannot be shipped overseas.”

The City of Toledo estimates it will cost $60 million to replace lead water lines, but that doesn’t account for the privately owned pipes that would fall on property owners to fix. Sen. Brown and Kapszukiewicz argue additional infrastructure funding from the American Jobs Plan could help alleviate the burden on homeowners to fix the lines and ensure healthy drinking water.

The Senator was joined by members of Freshwater Future and the Junction Coalition Board to support the legislation.

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