Earlier this month, President Biden unveiled the American Jobs Plan, a bold new proposal that will invest billions of dollars in our nation’s infrastructure and address issues in North Carolina that have lacked the critical investment needed to move our state forward.
Yesterday, the White House laid out exactly how it would help North Carolina. NCDP Chair Bobbie Richardson released the following statement in response:
“President Biden is delivering on his promise to build back better — this time with an ambitious plan to address some of our state’s biggest generational challenges. The American Jobs Plan will fix our roads, rebuild bridges, invest in rural broadband in areas like where I grew up in Franklin County, help our communities recover from hurricanes, ensure clean drinking water, support our VA hospitals, and much more.
“But this proposal will not only invest in much-needed infrastructure across North Carolina, it will create the jobs and invest in the workers needed to get it done. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Cooper, North Carolina’s economy has weathered the storm of the pandemic, and now we have the opportunity to invest in a recovery that helps all corners of the state. Unlike investments of the past, this plan will not leave behind communities that have been systematically excluded for generations, including communities of color and rural communities.
“North Carolina has nearly 1,500 bridges and over 3,000 miles of highway in poor condition. The majority of our state lives in an area where there is only one internet provider, where it’s often too expensive, and six percent of the people of our state do not have access to broadband at all. These are just a few reasons why North Carolina needs Washington to take action. I urge North Carolina Republicans to put their partisan games aside and support this important plan.”
Read more about the American Jobs Plan’s impact on North Carolina here, and catch up on local coverage:
- Spectrum News: Broadband, bridges and buses: What’s in the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan for N.C.?
- ABC11: Administration lays out proposals specific to NC, as Biden pushes infrastructure plan
- NC Policy Watch: Biden administration spells out exactly what the American Jobs Plan would mean for NC