Mayors join calls for Biden administration to end ban on local hires in federal infrastructure projects | TheHill

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) and other elected officials are joining local leaders, labor unions and community organizations demanding the Biden administration overturn the ban on local hire programs in federally-funded infrastructure projects.

Jobs to Move America, a broad coalition of mayors, cities, labor unions and community organizations from 24 states, issued a letter Tuesday calling on President Biden to end a decades-old federal regulation that prevents recipients of federal grant money for infrastructure projects to include provisions requiring or promoting the hiring of local community members.

Garcetti, along with Mayors Randall Woodfin (D) of Birmingham, Ala., and Ben Walsh (I) of Syracuse, N.Y., as well as more than 150 other local officials and organizations, said in the letter shared with The Hill that local hiring for federal infrastructure projects “can help cities and states rebuild with racial and economic equity.”

Source: Mayors join calls for Biden administration to end ban on local hires in federal infrastructure projects | TheHill