WICKER: Water Crisis, Infrastructure Needs, and Economy Top August Travel in State |  Mississippi Politics and News

WICKER: Water Crisis, Infrastructure Needs, and Economy Top August Travel in State | Mississippi Politics and News

WICKER: Water Crisis, Infrastructure Needs, and Economy Top August Travel in State |  Mississippi Politics and News

Submitted by Senator Roger Wicker

“I’m inspired by the good deal of progress taking place throughout our state,” Wicker writes.

Each 12 months throughout August, I get the possibility to journey extensively in Mississippi to satisfy with constituents whereas Congress is out of session. This previous month, I met with a variety of small enterprise house owners, workers, mother and father, civic teams, and native leaders, a few of whom are managing new infrastructure tasks. I’m inspired by the good deal of progress taking place throughout our state. However, the Jackson water disaster and our slowing financial system have posed important challenges.

Jackson Loses Water Supply

Last week’s flooding alongside the Pearl River and the next lack of water provide has affected greater than 180,000 residents in the Jackson space. Early in the disaster, I met with Mayor Lumumba to tour the rising floodwaters and talk about rising wants. Governor Reeves quickly introduced the upcoming failure of Jackson’s water system, and President Biden granted a federal emergency declaration. It is vital that we obtain all out there assets as officers work to revive water entry in the capital.

As Mississippi’s senior US Senator, I’m hopeful that we will quickly enact a long-term resolution to those issues. As a direct results of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law I helped negotiate, Mississippi will be capable to draw upon at the very least $429 million over the following 5 years to handle water and wastewater issues. These funds will complement different cash that has already been put aside for Mississippi however shouldn’t be but spent. It can also be clear that we have to tackle flooding that coincided with the water disaster. As the historic rain was falling, I hosted a gaggle of federal officers in Jackson to debate a long-delayed plan for flood management alongside the Pearl River developed by state and native leaders. I’ll proceed calling on the Biden Administration and the US Army Corps of Engineers to approve this proposal and allow us to get to work.

New Projects Move Forward

Throughout my August travels, I met with builders and producers who’re unleashing new development throughout our state. I had the possibility to satisfy with transportation officers coordinating the development of latest highways and bridges, in addition to Mississippi shipbuilders and elements producers who’re supplying our Navy with world-class gear. I additionally visited chemical and asphalt crops, met with furnishings makers, and helped mark the start of building on a federal courthouse in Greenville. Additionally, I celebrated the opening of a brand new Adranos rocket facility in McHenry, which is able to construct high-end rockets to assist us beat China in the following area race. These and different examples of growth carry the promise of jobs and prosperity to Mississippi, and I’ll proceed to assist them by means of laws in Congress.

Tax Hikes Loom Over Job Creators

Despite these constructive traits, Mississippians are struggling below our slowing financial system. Inflation, which is close to a 40-year excessive, continues to drive up costs. Job creators nonetheless can not discover sufficient staff – an issue that turned entrenched with President Biden’s prolonged welfare advantages. Many are additionally rightly disturbed by the President’s resolution to repay a whole lot of billions of {dollars} in pupil debt with our taxes – a transfer that’s unfair and will make inflation worse. On high of all this, the President’s new tax hikes are forcing many job creators to rethink their plans for enlargement, dimming the prospects for a restoration. With Congress now returning to a session, I’ll proceed to carry these issues to the desk as we search options to our nation’s challenges.

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Submitted by Senator Roger Wicker

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