|Please join New Mexico State Senator Bill Tallman, Former Assistant Speaker of the New York Assembly Felix Ortiz, and Macroeconomist Alphecca Muttardy for a Town Hall meeting of the Coalition for a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB). This forum will present the NIB as a permanent vehicle that will fix our nation’s decrepit infrastructure and spark a bold industrial expansion. The speakers will outline the unique capability of the new Infrastructure Bank and also report on the rapidly expanding organizing campaign to make this policy a reality. The NIB will be a permanent institution. This is the season of miracles, and here is a miracle for the ages. As such, “the gift that keeps on giving”. |
Most major nations in the world, China, Japan, Europe, and others, have infrastructure development banks. The United States is the only advanced sector nation that has refused to create such a bank. The results speak for themselves. The U.S. ranks anywhere from 13th to 24th in the world in infrastructure expansion, which means a downward trajectory not up. The recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides the trimmings on the tree. The problem is: Where is the tree?
As you will hear in this powerful zoom event, support for the NIB has been growing all year. There is a bill in Congress, HR 3339, to create the NIB. Twenty-two state legislatures have introduced resolutions to Congress urging their adoption of the policy. Five states passed the resolutions through at least one house, and two passed the whole legislature. Dozens of city and county councils have passed support resolutions and national organizations including the National Association of Counties, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers, US High-Speed Rail Association, American Sustainable Business Council, and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators have also endorsed.
This meeting will develop the import of the NIB policy and will feature statements from some of the officials on the front lines of this campaign. Please join us in this historic event.
|Speakers:Sen. Bill Tallman, Albuquerque, NMAsm. Felix Ortiz, former Assistant Speaker, New York State Assembly, Albany, NYAlphecca Muttardy, former Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund, Fairfax, VaProfessor Philip Harvey, Professor of Law and Economics, Rutgers Law School, Camden, NJDr. Stephen Hubbard, Ph.D, WWII economic history expert, and former Senior GIS Analyst, Metropolitan Water District, Northridge, CaStanley Forczek, Infrastructure consultant, former executive Amtrak, Williamstown, NJJames Sauber, Chief of Staff, National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), Washington DCBeroro Efekoro, Albany County Legislator, District 7, Albany, NYScott Koons, Exec Dir, North Central FL Regional Planning Commission, Gainesville, FlCarolyn Barclift, Founder, Build Back Better USA, Olympia, WaRichard Roybal, New Mexico LULAC District 1 Director; Zia Credit Union Board of Directors; Espanola, NMJulie Olsen, MBA, Small business owner, and Chair Progressive Caucus, Alaska Democratic Party, Anchorage, Ak Moderator Robert Lynn, Organizer, and Political Director, United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters (ret.), Toledo, Oh|