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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

Spoiler alert: Infrastructure bills are not socialism!

Big shout out to AZCD1 Congressman Tom O’Halleran for pointing out how Pinal County will benefit from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Believe it or not, this and its reconciliation partner bill contain almost everything for which Arizona voters are clamoring.

The Center for the Future of Arizona published a stunning report: The 2020 Gallup Arizona Project. It lists Arizona’s top shared public values: 1. Quality public education 2. Affordable health care and well being 3. Good-paying jobs and economic opportunity 4. Environmental protections for a sustainable future 5. Civic engagement and leadership 6. Fair and equitable systems for all people regardless of race 7. Immigration reform including citizenship and support for “Dreamers."

Based on this detailed survey, Arizonans strongly support fixing roads, bridges, rail and other “hard components, but also an increased investment in our families." This is a clear call to reverse the 40-year trend of economic policies favoring the wealthy over the middle class and low-income workers. It’s a real opportunity for our hardworking families to share in a rebounding economic prosperity.

Nearly a quarter way through the 21st century, we need to begin making a serious investment in the America of the 22nd century. While no one has a crystal ball, it’s fair to say that a commitment to the top seven public values listed above is the safe bet for Arizona and the USA. Any delays will result in even greater costs.

I urge you to contact Sens. Sinema and Kelly, along with Congressman O’Halleran. Thank them for the work already done and encourage them to fully pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act followed by passing the reconciliation bill. This is how we build an America with a brighter future!

(Full 2020 Gallup survey on our website: DemsOfCasaGrande.org)

Carole Clark

Chair Emeritus, Democrats of Casa Grande

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