SLC mayor urges Congress to pass jobs bill

Sep 16 2011 - 5:44pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- The mayors of three cities are urging Congress to pass President Barack Obama's $450 billion jobs bill because of the important infrastructure projects it will fund.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says if the bill fails to pass then cities will be forced to make additional cuts to municipal services. Those cuts could range from not planting flowers in parks to postponing road repairs and slashing public safety money.

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker says the federal government needs to spend money on infrastructure to help boost the flat economy.

Booker says one of the most important aspects of the bill is money to improve deteriorating schools.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says the federal money will be especially helpful for cities and states that are cutting budgets.


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