The Green Party's 'New Deal:' Rozum calls for public works program

Jun 8, 2012

The Green Party candidate for congress in central New York says a massive public works program can create jobs and improve the environment.

Ursula Rozum called for a “New-Deal”-like $10 trillion, 10-year program to fund clean building, energy and transportation programs.

She says it would create needed jobs.

"So what we’re saying is that lasting solutions to the climate crisis that we’re seeing and to the economic crisis … lasting solutions are our only hope for building a humane economic system because we need to close deep inequalities and we need to generate plentiful work," Rozum said.

To pay for the program, Rozum says the defense budget should be cut and the wealthy taxed more.

Rozum is challenging republican Representative Ann Marie Buerkle and democrat Dan Maffei for the newly redrawn 24th Congressional District.