Energy Infrastructure Is Vital but How to Pay for it?

December 14, 2016

WARREN, Ohio – The need to build and improve the nation’s energy infrastructure is a nonpartisan issue with widespread support but exactly how those investments should be funded is a political question still to be resolved.

That was the consensus Tuesday during a panel discussion, Fueling America’s Future: Accelerating Energy and Transportation Infrastructure, hosted by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber. U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan, D-13 Ohio, and Bill Johnson, R-6 Ohio, were among the panelists for the event, held at the Avalon Inn and Resort.

The United States remains the world’s largest manufacturing economy, and Ohio is among the top four states for manufacturing, began Ryan Augsburger, managing director of public policy services for the Ohio Manufacturers Association. The association, with the National Association of Manufacturers and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, co-sponsored the event.

“We know based on what we hear from our members that there is tremendous support for transportation and energy infrastructure,” Augsburger said.

That supports comes from all over the state, crosses party lines and “transcends just about every demographic group you can imagine,” he continued. According to a survey the manufacturers association released last week, 81% of Ohio Democrats and 91% of Ohio Republicans back investing in the nation’s infrastructure. In addition, it found that 85% of Ohioans support domestic energy development and 88% support increasing energy infrastructure in the United States...

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