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Politico: 'Shovel Ready' Jobs Could Take Time

Author: Kendra Marr
September 26, 2011

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Kendra Marr discusses Obama's plan to invest in infrastructure projects and create jobs.

President Barack Obama hasn’t yet used the term “shovel ready” in his latest jobs pitch, but he faces a familiar problem: Infrastructure experts doubt that billions in emergency spending will be the quick jobs fix the president is promising.

“Unfortunately, there aren’t many jobs ready to go at the snap of a finger,” said William Ibbs, a professor of civil engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, who also consults on major construction projects.

Obama’s plan calls for $50 billion in immediate investments for improved highways, transit systems, railways and aviation — an idea he proposed a year ago that failed to gain traction. The goal is to put Americans back to work, upgrading 150,000 miles of road, 4,000 miles of train tracks, 150 miles of airport runways and the nation’s air traffic control system.

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