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Infrastructure repair creates 3 million jobs

Q: One way you want to create jobs is through public works projects. But what's the evidence that you have that Washington spending our tax dollars is going to do a better job of creating those jobs than private employers?

GRAHAM: I believe in the rather radical idea that if you want to create jobs, you create jobs, and you use those jobs to build a stronger economy. Would anyone here question the fact that we are in a nation where our basic systems that support not only our lifestyle but also our economy, from the electric grid to our transportation systems to the enormous water and sewer needs across America, are all in serious distress? What better way to add to the economic strength of America, not only today, through the 3 million people who will be employed in this great state/federal partnership patterned on President Eisenhower's interstate highway system, where the state and the federal government working together will create a new America, a stronger America and 3 million jobs?

Source: Debate at Pace University in Lower Manhattan Sep 25, 2003

Massive rebuilding of transportation and electric system

Q: Should we give more control of the electrical grid to the states, or see a federal solution?

GRAHAM: The way we ought to deal with this electric grid program is through a combination of companies, their customers, the federal government and the states. In my plan, Opportunity For All, we provide the funds for the federal share of a massive rebuilding of not only our electric system but also our other critical transportation and urban systems upon which we and our economy are sustained.

Source: Debate at Pace University in Lower Manhattan Sep 25, 2003

Voted NO on Internet sales tax moratorium.

Vote against allowing states to require companies who do business in their state solely by phone, mail, or the Internet to collect state sales taxes. [Current law does not require companies to collect sales taxes where the customer is out of state]
Bill S.442 ; vote number 1998-296 on Oct 2, 1998

Voted YES on telecomm deregulation.

Deregulation of the telecommunications industry.
Status: Telecommunications Competition and Deregulation Act of 1995 Y)91; N)5; NV)3
Reference: Conference Report on S. 625, the; Bill S. 652 ; vote number 1996-8 on Feb 1, 1996

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