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YOUR SIDE: The Readers Take Over

Ohioans support investing in energy infrastructure

To the editor:

Ohioans support energy infrastructure investment.

Ohioans know what’s needed to help our manufacturing community compete on the global stage.

As a recent survey released by the National Association of Manufacturers shows a majority of Ohio voters believe investment in infrastructure would have a positive impact on the economy and create more good-paying jobs.

And the voice of support for more investment, especially in energy infrastructure, is coming from all corners of the state, across party lines: Eighty-nine percent of Republicans and 84 percent of Democrats said investing in energy infrastructure would have a positive effect. A resounding 88 percent of self-identified environmentalists also expressed support for developing more energy infrastructure.

This is a united voice pushing for exactly the type of investment that manufacturers need to compete in the 21st century.

It’s time to answer the voice of these voters who understand how important it is to improve and expand the pipelines needed to get Utica Shale resources to market; to more efficiently transport products along our rivers and Lake Erie; and to safely move people and goods across our highways and bridges.

Increased public and private investment in these critical systems has broad support among Ohioans because they know it will improve lives and get people to work as our manufacturing base continues to be revitalized. We need to act on this broad support now.

RYAN AUGSBURGER,

Vice president and managing director of public policy

Ohio Manufacturers Association

Columbus

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