HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and other community leaders during a news conference Thursday afternoon that highlighted the direct impact the American Jobs Plan will have on the city of Houston.
Lee announced the city will receive millions of dollars to help the community. She said $2 trillion is coming to the U.S. for infrastructure rebuild. The funds will come from a tax increase on large corporations.
By the numbers
- $650 billion for physical infrastructure
- $300 billion for housing infrastructure
- $300 billion for manufacturer
- $300 billion for electric grid
- $400 billion for a new revised way to tale care seniors and those who are mentally challenged
- $400 billion for caretakers and helping the family that are helping the elderly increase in corporate tax
Lee said more has to be done to help build infrastructure to increase mobility in Houston. She said the funds will help build a new Metro rail line to Hobby Airport to help enhance workers’ and residents’ mobility routes in that area. Lee said there will be some repairs to bridges but the focus will be on mobility.
She said no one making under $400,000 will be impacted and those small businesses and construction companies will be able to expand.
Turner said when it comes to public transit, it’s a huge thing. He said he knows the grid needs to be weatherized after the winter storm. Turner said a federal judge signed a consent decree, which is a $2 billion enhancement to Houston’s wastewater system and will benefit communities and underserved communities.
When it comes to housing, Turner said as the city builds a better public transit, it will help with the housing problems as people are going to be more mobile around the city.
“I could not be more excited,” Turner said.