December 2, 2021/Media, Press

North Carolina Democratic Party Welcomes Vice President Harris and Secretary Buttigieg to Charlotte to Tout Benefits of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

North Carolina Democratic Party Chair (NCDP) Bobbie Richardson released the following statement welcoming Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to Charlotte today to speak on the benefits of President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law on North Carolina: 

“We’re incredibly grateful to Vice President Harris and Secretary Buttigieg for visiting Charlotte today to discuss the impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law on our state. As the President, Vice President and members of the Biden-Harris administration visit North Carolina and states across the country to showcase the extraordinary benefits of this job-making legislation, it’s clear that Democrats are united in the mission to work together to deliver concrete results and get the job done for North Carolinians and the American people.

“In North Carolina, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help rebuild and improve the lives of working people and the middle class. From rebuilding our roads and bridges, improving rail and public transit, modernizing airports and ports, expanding high-speed internet and much more, President Biden’s infrastructure package will create a generation of good-paying jobs and make a tangible difference in communities across our state. 

“We’re proud of President Biden, Vice President Harris, and North Carolina’s congressional delegation, Representatives Alma Adams (NC-12), G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Kathy Manning (NC-06), David Price (NC-04) and Deborah Ross (NC-02), for getting the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law across the finish line and delivering for the people of North Carolina.” 

Based on formula funding alone, the state of North Carolina would expect to receive:

  • $7.2 billion to improve highways and $457 million for bridge replacement and repairs over five years.

  • $910 million over five years to improve public transportation options across the state.

  • $109 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state. North Carolina will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill.

  • A minimum of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 424,000 North Carolinians who currently lack it. 3,219,000 or 31% of people in North Carolina will also be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.