Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged lawmakers to redirect unspent stimulus money allocated by Congress under the CARES Act to provide targeted support to parts of the U.S. economy that have been hardest-hit by the pandemic. “I hope that Congress will seriously consider reallocating $580 billion of funds that have already been appropriated that wouldn’t cost taxpayers an additional penny,” he said in a phone interview on Thursday, as cited by Bloomberg. Mnuchin suggested the unspent funds could be used to help small businesses in the entertainment, travel, and restaurant industries, as well as to extend unemployment insurance. “I believe it will have a significant impact for people whose businesses have been impacted by COVID—they can then get through to the beginning of next year when we will have vaccines broadly…
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Daniel Andrews announced the route on Nov 21, committing billions in funding for the historic project, which will connect Victoria’s regional and metropolitan rail networks.
The reality of an airport-to-city rail journey has been much-anticipated by Victorians, who unlike Australians in other states, have not been able to catch a train to their airport but instead had to rely on an expensive Skybus service or taxis.
Construction is expected to kick off in 2022 and be completed by 2029, a joint statement issued by federal and state governments said.
Morrison labelled the project “nationally significant” because it will generate 8000 jobs during construction.
“When complete, the link will slash travel times, bust congestion and be a major boost to the economy,” he said.
The majority of Victorians will be able get to the airport by changing trains once.
“This project has been talked about for a long time, it’s key to our recovery and this design means it will benefit all Victorians,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
The federal and state governments have also announced a faster rail link between Melbourne and Geelong, which will take 15 minutes off the travel time, moving passengers between the two cities in under an hour.
The works will include track upgrades between Werribee and Laverton and include a new dedicated express line that will create a faster route for Geelong services.
Andi Yu in Melbourne
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