A water value and a section of the water line were replaced near Chestnut and North Main streets, Mount Vernon, in August 2016. The city is grappling with ways to balance the budget and still find revenue streams that will fund much needed infrastructure improvements for both the water and wastewater departments. Senator Sherrod Brown said Ohio needs $14 billion for such improvements.

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A water value and a section of the water line were replaced near Chestnut and North Main streets, Mount Vernon, in August 2016. The city is grappling with ways to balance the budget and still find revenue streams that will fund much needed infrastructure improvements for both the water and wastewater departments. Senator Sherrod Brown said Ohio needs $14 billion for such improvements.

 

MOUNT VERNON — During his campaign, President Donald Trump promised a $1 trillion investment in American infrastructure. Senate Democrats, including Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, want to hold Trump accountable for that promise to improve the nation’s transportation, water, housing and community infrastructure, and in the process create thousands of manufacturing and construction jobs in Ohio.

Brown discussed the proposal in a telephone press conference Tuesday, at which he was accompanied by Youngstown Mayor John McNally.

Brown noted that in the 1950s the U.S. started building a transportation network that by the 1980s was the envy of the world.

“But our roads and railroads are in disrepair. One-quarter of our bridges are deficient or obsolete. Our highways are congested,” Brown said. “We have an opportunity to put Ohioans to work.”

 

Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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