New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell yesterday pushed their agenda for more federal financing of public infrastructure and called for a town hall meeting on the issue with presumptive presidential nominees John McCain and Barack Obama.
Bloomberg and Rendell addressed the National Conference of State Legislatures at its 2008 Legislative Summit in New Orleans, urging more state and local officials to join the Building America's Future Coalition. The group seeks to increase federal investment in roads, bridges, tunnels, and mass transit systems throughout the U.S. to help state and local governments address growing infrastructure costs. Bloomberg and Rendell chair the coalition, along with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.