In Youngstown, Portman Attends Infrastructure Roundtable, Discusses Increased Funding for Local Infrastructure Projects Thanks to His Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) met with the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to discuss economic development in Northeast Ohio and how the recently-passed bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act he helped spearhead will benefit the Mahoning Valley. Portman heard from the Council on their recent RAISE grant application for their Logistics Innovation and Vehicle Electrification Zone, or LIVE zone, their efforts to expand high-speed broadband access in their community, and other infrastructure-related projects.
“I had a productive meeting today with the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and I appreciated the opportunity to hear more about their efforts to improve surface and broadband infrastructure in their community,” said Senator Portman. “The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that I helped negotiate includes historic funding for more infrastructure projects than ever before, and I am encouraged that communities like this one across Ohio are taking advantage to promote new opportunities for economic growth.”
As lead Republican negotiator for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Senator Portman worked hard to secure necessary funding for communities in Ohio and all around the country to update their crumbling infrastructure. The infrastructure law provides $110 billion in new funding for roads and bridges, including $9.2 billion that will come directly to Ohio to help with roads and highways and $521 million to help with Ohio bridges. In January, Portman announced that the Department of Transportation had begun taking applications from states like Ohio for the RAISE discretionary grant program. The grant program provides funding for surface transportation projects of local and regional significance. Previously, this program was funded at $1 billion annually. Thanks to the bipartisan IIJA, funding levels have been increased to $1.5 billion per year, in addition to annual appropriations. For FY2022, this program will see a total of $2.275 billion in funding.
IIJA also includes $65 billion for broadband, including more than $42 billion to states via block grants. This is consistent with Senator Portman’s bipartisan BRIDGE Act proposal to help close the gap in access to reliable high-speed internet that persists in certain communities. Ohio is set to receive hundreds of millions in broadband deployment dollars that the state could use this funding to help expand access throughout Northeast Ohio, making a difference in the lives of students, workers, and families.
Pictures from the event can be found below: