PRESS RELEASE: NEW CAMPAIGN HELPS VOTERS SEND LITERAL “PERMISSION SLIPS” TO CONGRESS URGING THEY GO BIG ON INFRASTRUCTURE 

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April 7, 2021

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NEW CAMPAIGN HELPS VOTERS SEND LITERAL “PERMISSION SLIPS” TO CONGRESS URGING THEY GO BIG ON INFRASTRUCTURE 

Permission Slips Highlight New Polling Showing 73% of Voters Support the American Jobs Plan; 69% of Voters Support a “Multi-Trillion Dollar Investment” In Infrastructure, Clean Energy, Manufacturing, The Care Economy, And More

New Tool Helps Voters Email Their Member Of Congress With Clear Message: You Have Our Permission To Be Big and Bold When Considering Biden’s American Jobs Plan And Other Measures

70 Economists Signed a Statement Organized by Invest in America Calling for a Multi-Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, Invest in America Action and The Hub Project launched a new “Permission Slip” campaign, mobilizing voters to send literal permission slips to their members of Congress urging them to go big on public investment, especially in the face of rising infrastructure investment needs, the increasing threat of climate change, the need to rebuild the care economy, and more.

The permission slips, which voters can virtually sign and send to their Representatives and Senators through the campaign website, urge members to go big on public investment as they consider President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan.

View the permission slip here

The permission slips feature new polling from Invest in America and Data For Progress, finding that 73% of Americans — including 57% of Republicans — support the American Jobs Plan. And they don’t want to stop there. A full 69% support making a multi-trillion dollar investment in infrastructure — including:

  • Physical infrastructure, repairing roads, bridges, and drinking water infrastructure
  • Clean energy, modernizing the electric grid, improving reliability, and funding new research
  • American manufacturing, creating new jobs and producing zero-pollution technologies like electric vehicles
  • Care economyproviding care for seniors, those with disabilities, and increasing access to child care and early learning opportunities
  • Education, funding the modernization of our country’s K-12 schools and community colleges
  • Housing, to build new homes and drive down the cost of housing for Americans
  • Health care, renovating hospitals and increasing funding for health clinics

“Polling shows that the American people — Democrats, Independents and Republicans — want Congress to go big on investing in America’s crumbling infrastructure, including roads and bridges, manufacturing, clean energy, caregivers, education, housing and more,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America Action. “This campaign will send Senators and House members literal permission slips from their constituents that will hopefully allay any fears they may have about making a multi-trillion dollar investment to create millions of high paying jobs and promote growth in the future.”

“The overwhelming majority of Americans, across party and ideology, support a new ‘New Deal,’ one that promises multi-trillion dollar public investments in the guardrails of a prospering modern economy,” said Tax March Executive Director Maura Quint. “Americans are telling lawmakers to go big on our recovery from this pandemic because they know the future of our country depends on a recovery plan that massively invests in workers and families—now, lawmakers in Washington just need to deliver.”

Americans need major public investments to address the problems exacerbated by the pandemic.  

  • The U.S. labor market is still down over 8 million jobs from pre-pandemic levels.
  • According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the United States faces a $2.59 trillion shortfall in infrastructure investment and $5.9 trillion in infrastructure needs, including rebuilding and repairing roads, bridges, schools, and protecting access to clean water.
  • ASCE predicts that failure to address the nation’s crumbling infrastructure could cost the United States $10 trillion in GDP, more than $23 trillion in total output, 3 million jobs, and more than $3,300 in a family’s annual disposable income.

Infrastructure and economic experts agree that a multi-trillion dollar investment in infrastructure will boost the economy by creating millions of jobs and increasing productivity.

  • S&P Global projects that the Build Back Better plan’s public infrastructure investments will generate 2.3 million jobs by 2024, inject $5.7 trillion into the economy, and increase per-capita income by $2,400.
  • According to the Economic Policy Institute, infrastructure investments are consistently estimated to provide greater economic stimulus than any form of a tax cut.
  • Increased public infrastructure investments increase output in both the short and long term, per the International Monetary Fund.

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

About Tax March

Tax March is a grassroots movement fighting for a fairer and more equitable tax code, and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Our organizers across the nation advocate in their communities and in Washington for policies to tax the rich and invest in middle and working class communities. During the coronavirus pandemic, we are calling on Congress and the White House to deliver direct relief to working families, tax the billionaires and big corporations whose wealth has skyrocketed, and rebuild a stronger, more equitable economy.

Join the movement on Twitter and Facebook, or visit us at TaxMarch.org.

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