"Michigan’s a distressed state and, probably, if we didn’t have the recovery act, we’d probably have only about 30% of the workload. So, there’s a high possibility I might be laid off or not even working."
Our latest "Voice of the Recovery Act" is Burt Austin of Dan's Excavating.
Burt is working on the M-59 reconstruction in Michigan. This project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is improving a major bottleneck in southeast Michigan. It's making the road safer and the drive to work shorter.
It's also creating jobs. And not just the direct jobs of Burt and his coworkers.
Burt points out in his video interview that the M-59 Recovery Act project has increased economic activity for local businesses and suppliers. And that stepped-up commerce means more jobs. As Burt says, the ripple effect in hiring includes, "Many people besides the ones you see out here in the field."
Direct jobs, indirect stimulation, shorter drive times, and a safer commute. That's what Burt's talking about. And that's the Recovery Act working for Michigan, working for America.