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M&SCA Members Discuss Infrastructure with Area Congressmen at Labor-Management Summit

Wednesday, June 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Catie Scott
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On Monday, June 12, M&SCA of Eastern Pennsylvania along with other labor and management groups from the area held the Southeastern Pennsylvania Labor-Management Infrastructure Summit.  The event was attended by over 70 contractors, Association representatives, and labor leaders and the bipartisan panel consisted of 5 area members of Congress:

  • Rep. Dwight Evans (PA-2)
  • Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-6)
  • Rep. Pat Meehan (PA-7)
  • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-8)
  • Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15)

 

 

 

The panel as well as the attendees participated in an in-depth discussion regarding the proposed $1 Trillion Infrastructure package, various funding mechanisms for the investment, the importance of wage protections being included, and meeting the demands of the workforce required for these projects. Each of the Congressmen in attendance shared their perspective on the need for these projects as well as any insights from the committees on which they serve. 

While discussing where the funding for this investment will come from, we learned from the members that a consumption based tax as well as adjusting the tax code is needed in order to pay for these projects. The consumption tax discussion included the proposed border adjustment tax, new tolls, a user fee on gasoline/diesel, etc., but no single suggestion seemed to have a consensus among the members present.  However, it was mentioned that these options may not garner enough support due to the fact that consumption taxes tend to be regressive and therefore disproportionately hurt lower-income people.  

 

 

 

 

A discussion on workforce development was spurred in relation to meeting the labor needs of this proposed investment.  This is an often-discussed issue in Southeastern PA given the competitive advantage we hold in the natural gas industry, but obviously the rest of the country is facing this as well.  It was clear that the need to promote the trades is on the forefront of these members’ minds and is not only essential to this proposal in particular, but the economy as a whole.

Pictured below are some of the M&SCA members in attendance along with the participating Congressmen.  

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