COVINGTON, Ky. — What do pastries have to do with infrastructure? Tim Eversole, owner of the Bean Haus Bakery and Cafe, in Covington (Ky.), says it all.
Eversole stated, “It is terrible to get employees come work for you.”
Eversole says his issue finding a pastry chef to make his desserts isn’t salary-related, it’s traffic-related.
To get to his coffee house in Cincinnati from the other side of the river, his employees have to travel over the Brent Spence Bridge which is one the most trafficked and congested bridges we have in America.
Eversole explained that they hired a West Side pastry chef who was going to be working for us. She said she was going on a test drive the day prior.
Eversole said that she found out that it would take her 45 minutes to get there due to the bridges, and so she quit.
Eversole’s infrastructure dilemma highlights the stakes this week in Congress.
The House of Representatives will vote on Thursday on the bipartisan bill.
Already last month, the Senate passed the measure in bipartisan fashion.
It would generate $550 billion in new funding, $110 billion of which would be used to repair roads and bridges such as the Brent Spence.
However, it is not clear if the bipartisan infrastructure bill will become law.
A number of progressives have pledged not to vote for the bill unless they receive a multi-trillion-dollar spending package.
It is becoming clearer that legislation will not be passed before Thursday’s vote.
UNCERTAINTY AND FRUSTRATION
The fact, Congress remains so close and yet so far from passing infrastructure reform is frustrating to many business owners around the country.
Brent Cooper, president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce said that he is frustrated and frustrated by the delay.
Cooper says it’s hard for people like him outside of Washington to understand why this infrastructure vote hasn’t taken place yet, especially since 69 Democrats and Republicans voted for it already in the Senate.
He says the longer some progressives in the House argue that it’s not big enough and the longer some conservatives argue that the country can’t pay for it, the longer millions of Americans and businesses will suffer, even those located thousands of miles away from this bridge.
The Brent Spence is affecting you, whether you realize it or not. We had the consular general from Canada come in and ask us, ‘What’s going on with the Brent Spence?'” Cooper replied. Cooper stated, “Because the Canadians are trying to bring goods from Canada to Florida and this was how they do it.”
Of course, if Congress passes the infrastructure bill this week, it doesn’t mean traffic will be solved instantaneously in our country.
To build a bridge that relieves traffic congestion in Cincinnati and Covington, you would need to first apply for funding from the Department of Transportation. This will be a competitive process.
It could take five years for the project to be completed once it is underway.
However, Cooper says coming together on infrastructure this week would send a message that the U.S. isn’t happy with the status quo.
This is the most obvious thing I have ever seen. It isn’t Democrat, Republican, it’s American,” Cooper said.