Architects Express Lukewarm Support for Transportation Compromise
Student Loan Fix Avoids Penalizing Small Businesses
For immediate release:
Washington, D.C. – June 29, 2011 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the transportation legislative compromise. It should be attributed to AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA:
“Under current law, states are required to set aside 10 percent of their federal monies for infrastructure that includes bike paths and pedestrian walkways that not only make our communities stronger, but also create jobs.
“By making this spending voluntary, it is not clear that any of these investments will ever be made.
“However, while this bill de-emphasizes enhancements that shape healthier and safer communities, it at least provides certainty through 2014 for architects, contractors and planners, and landscape architects. Certainty is what gives the design and construction industry the opportunity to plan and build the best, most cost-effective infrastructure solutions to enhance the quality of life for Americans.
“The AIA, of course, will continue to advocate for alternate transportation planning and options for all citizens.
“We are also grateful that current interest rates on federal student loans will be extended as part of this package, and that the extension is not funded by raising taxes on small businesses such as architecture and other professional services firms, as was previously proposed.”
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