Project Astra’s first pillar is about rebuilding our inner cities’ infrastructure. Our nation already spends more than $350 billion on our infrastructure annually. This first pillar will focus on a commitment to two new policies and rebalancing this spending in the process.

According to data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), as of 2012, the federal government spent about $126 billion on non-defense investments through direct spending and transfers to state and local governments. Each year, state and local governments spend more than $250 billion on constructing roads, schools and other public infrastructure1.

The two policies we propose are:

1.     We designate 15% of our country’s annual spending on infrastructure to specific impoverished communities (as defined by the federal government as Opportunity or Enterprise Zones – $50 billion annually)

2.    We require a national workforce hiring policy on all public works construction in the Opportunity/Enterprise Zones. At least 25% of the construction workers hired for these projects must meet at least one of these criteria:

·       Foster care child aging out of the system (these children get first priority in all opportunities)

·       Opportunity Zone resident and is living below the poverty line

·       Formerly incarcerated individual

·       Military veteran

·       Another local designation (as defined by the local area needs)

See how workforce programs are transforming the lives of disadvantaged Los Angeles residents by creating pathways for careers in construction.

Our Plan

Economic revival