EWING- Following the release of her jobs platform this week, the Operating Engineers Local 825 today re-affirmed their support of Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress. Watson Coleman is the Democratic nominee in the campaign to represent the Twelfth Congressional District.
“Bonnie Watson Coleman has always placed a priority on creating jobs and getting people back to work,” said Operating Engineers Local 825 Business Manager, Greg Lalevee. “Her plan to tie new jobs in with the need to upgrade our crumbling infrastructure is simple and smart. It is very evident that Bonnie intends to take the same common sense approach to problem solving down to Washington that she has always employed as a representative in Trenton and she has our full support as we move towards Election Day.”
Watson Coleman thanked the Operating Engineers Local 825 for their support and pledged to continue working to create jobs and fight for critical investment in our infrastructure.
“The leadership of the Operating Engineers Local 825 have always been strong partners in the ongoing efforts to get everyone back to work and we are fortunate to have their support in our campaign for Congress,” said Watson Coleman. “I believe that we need to focus on creating jobs by investing in rebuilding our critical infrastructure, along with necessary funding for research and development and education programs that give people the skills they need to succeed. We need to fight every day to get people back to work and I intend to be on the front lines pushing every day towards that goal if I am elected to represent the people of the Twelfth Congressional District. ”
Watson Coleman’s positions on job creation can also be found at this site http://www.bonnieforcongress.com/job_creation
Americans are still in the process of recovering from the recession, and while it may take some time before American optimism in the economy returns, creation of opportunities for economic prosperity is more important than ever. Bonnie Watson Coleman believes in the greatness of our nation. She also believes that fixing the economy should be a bipartisan effort and that there are many issues on which to find common ground.
Modernizing our nation’s infrastructure and emphasizing innovation are critical to getting our economy back on track. Our aged and at times dangerous roads, bridges, and transit systems provide opportunities to put people back to work. Our nation would benefit from investment in infrastructure programs, similar to those in the New Deal. One of every nine bridges in the United States remains structurally deficient. There are millions of Americans who are out of work, but are ready, willing and able to take on these infrastructure projects. We should create avenues to help those Americans find work. In 2010 Bonnie Watson Coleman supported construction of the Access to the Region’s Core Tunnel Project (ARC) which would have created 6,000 jobs for people in New Jersey, brought billions of dollars into the state, and eased traffic congestion for commuters in New Jersey and New York.
Bonnie Watson Coleman believes our focus on infrastructure should include Research and Development, spurring innovation that will revamp our health care, banking and telecommunications systems. We should incentivize the development of technologies that will take this nation to the next level. A key component to maintaining a strong workforce is investment in higher education and training programs for workers. Community colleges educate a significant portion of our workforce, and demand for workers with associate’s degrees continues to grow. We must support our community colleges because they give students the tools necessary to obtain high-paying and high-demand jobs in manufacturing, trade and other growing industries. We must also keep high-paying jobs on our shores by negotiating trade agreements that are fair to the American worker, and we need our tax code to incentivize investment in the American economy. Additionally, we must move from a minimum wage to a living wage.
Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle need to work together to maintain our competitive edge and modernize our infrastructure. Bonnie Watson Coleman will continue the effort to create jobs and provide federal support to the people of New Jersey.