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The rallies are being organized by labor groups, particularly the AFL-CIO. AFL-CIO Indiana President Nancy Guyott says there are nearly two thousand bridges deemed “structurally deficient” in the state. And with Indiana’s unemployment rate rising steadily over the last few months, she says there’s no better time to address those infrastructure needs.
“This is a real opportunity to do the investment that our infrastructure system demands and the infrastructure system of course fosters economic growth throughout the community and also to put people to work at the same time,” Guyott says.
The rallies will specifically call for support of President Obama’s jobs plan. The President’s proposal includes a large focus on infrastructure spending. But Congressional Republicans have criticized the plan, with Indiana Senator Richard Lugar saying it promotes more regulation, more taxes and more federal spending.
Lugar and other Senate Republicans support a jobs package that would include repealing the Affordable Care Act and putting a tighter rein on what they call “regulatory overreach.”