Sen. Schatz to Discuss Local Impacts of Infrastructure Bill at Maui Council Committee

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The Maui County Council’s Infrastructure and Transportation Committee will meet Thursday, January 27 at 9 a.m. to hear a presentation from U.S. Senator Brian Schatz on the local impacts of the 2021 Investment and Jobs Act. in infrastructure, signed into law by President Biden on November 16. 15.

The announcement was made by Council member Yuki Lei Sugimura, who chairs the committee.

Schatz, who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, will be joined at the committee meeting by deputy state transportation director Edwin Sniffen, according to Sugimura. The $1.2 trillion legislation includes at least $2.8 billion for Hawaiʻi to improve roads and bridges and expand high-speed internet access, she said.

“We are honored to have Senator Schatz and Deputy Director Sniffen join us in sharing about how the infrastructure bill will support projects, jobs and quality of life here at home,” Sugimura said. “My colleagues and I look forward to learning how Maui County can work with our state and federal partners to make the most of this opportunity to stimulate the local economy after living with the pandemic for nearly two years.”

Sugimura, who is in his third term as council seat for the Upcountry Maui residence area, said the meeting will be held online, in accordance with Gov. David Ige’s latest emergency proclamation.

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Schatz, the senior senator from Hawaii, chairs the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. In a press release issued after the bill was signed, Schatz said, “This massive investment will make it easier and safer for Hawaiian families to get around and will benefit our local economy for many years to come.”

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In addition to receiving testimony by telephone or videoconference, the committee will accept written testimony. For instructions on submitting testimonials, visit http://mauicounty.us/testify. The reunion will also be available live online and on Akakū Channel 53.

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