Buttigieg discusses infrastructure bill during visit to Cleveland

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CLEVELAND — President Joe Biden has promised the new infrastructure bill will help repair bridges and roads across Buckeye state and create thousands of high-paying jobs.


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  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg joined Rep. Shontel Brown in one of the Cuyahoga Community College buildings
  • They toured the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Community Training and Development Job Center
  • Buttigeg spoke about the importance of training new workers and launching new electric vehicles

US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited Cuyahoga Community College on May 5 to discuss the new infrastructure law.

“We can’t do this without you,” he said. “The sheer level of investment that we are putting into communities in every part of this country cannot be delivered by leaving talent on the table, and there have been times when America has failed to attract all of the talent in this country to win. Shutting people out of opportunity and cutting America’s chance itself,” the secretary told the crowd of about 100 people.

He toured the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Community Training and Development Jobs Center with Representative Shontel Brown, D, OH-11.

Buttigieg answered questions related to the Biden administration’s emphasis on getting more electric cars on the road to help the environment.

While electric cars are usually more expensive than traditional ones on the market, the government is pushing for tax credits to make electric cars and trucks cheaper.

“For example, an all-electric pickup truck that starts at $40,000 could be pushed into the high 20s with these tax credits. We continue to work on that with Congress,” Buttigieg said. “The House has passed some really good legislation on this. We continue the dialogue on the Senate side. We’re getting closer to the point where it’ll be cheaper on its own, but we’re not there yet and we need to make sure we have the right policies in place, including to encourage manufacturing of these electric vehicles in America.”

Biden attended Cuyahoga Community College in May 2021, months before the infrastructure bill.

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