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America Ignoring Katrina Wake-Up Call, Says WI Labor Leader

August 29, 2007

Milwaukee, WI – If Hurricane Katrina was a wake-up call to invest in public works, America hit the snooze button, according to a Wisconsin labor leader. On the second anniversary of the hurricane's direct hit on the U.S. Gulf Coast, Wisconsin AFL-CIO President David Newby sees the failure of the New Orleans levies, and the more recent Twin Cities bridge collapse, as tragic evidence of what happens when society isn’t willing to support public investments.

"I think we still have not learned the lesson that we have to invest in our society. We need government to be robust -- and to be not only maintaining, but expanding the infrastructure -- whether it’s transportation or levies or water systems, to say nothing of our educational infrastructure and health care."

Newby says it will take a major turnaround from leaders, in Wisconsin and nationwide, to start making the investments needed to improve our infrastructure and prevent future tragedies.

"A lot of this comes from the right-wing ideology that we simply have to shrink government, we’ve gotta starve it to death by cutting taxes. What ultimately that means is, that leads to this kind of infrastructure deterioration."

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WI