Energy infrastructure helps the Midwest boom

July 24, 2017

In Youngstown, something amazing and wonderful is happening. Work is going well for the building trades. Most locals are at full capacity. Everyone is on a job.

Across portions of Ohio, the demand for skilled laborers is so high that wages are rising as employers compete for workers so they can finish their projects on time.

Democrat, Republican or independent, this is what everyone wants for the economy. When labor is in high demand, wages go up and working families increase their standard of living.

Contrast this picture with one we have seen all too often in recent years - closed factories, idle workers and no infrastructure investment. Those communities suffer more than just job losses. They lose hope and their social fabric frays. We have seen this in rural and urban areas since the 2008 recession...

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