- Published: 17 April 2013
“Today we saw over $500 million in transportation projects running through the 5th District unveiled. Historically, these projects have not employed minorities, particularly African-Americans. This is unacceptable; the root of problems such as poverty, homelessness and crime is unemployment. We have 52% unemployment among African-American males in my district, and the impact has been devastating," said Sen. Van Pelt.
“I agree that we need to rebuild the state’s infrastructure and improve our roads. However, it is my intention to work with the community to ensure these projects employ the people of my district. If I do not see the progress the community expects, we will demonstrate our dissatisfaction. Construction projects are good, but we need jobs in our community.”