February 9, 2022/Media, Press

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Will Deliver for Black North Carolina Communities

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a game-changer for Black North Carolinians. This once-in-a-generation investment in good paying jobs, infrastructure, and high-speed internet access will support communities from Murphy to Manteo. North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson released the following statement: 

“In his first year in office, President Biden saw the fastest economic growth since 1984 and the most jobs created in one year ever. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will continue to build on this economic progress and deliver for Black North Carolinians by addressing critical problems like replacing lead pipes, rebuilding roads and bridges, and updating infrastructure to protect communities from extreme weather events. Together, the Biden-Harris administration, Governor Cooper and North Carolina Democrats are creating new economic opportunities and making long overdue investments in North Carolina’s Black communities.”

How the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering for Black North Carolinians: 

  • Ensuring every North Carolina household has access to reliable high-speed internet, helping lower costs and improving internet access for Black Americans who are 9% less likely than their white peers to have high-speed internet.
  • Eliminating lead pipes and providing the largest investment in clean drinking water in American history. Black communities in North Carolina are at risk for lacking access to clean drinking water.

  • Investing in public transit, reducing commute times, and addressing the backlog of repairs.

  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will invest roughly $65 billion — the single largest investment in clean energy transmission in American history — to upgrade our power infrastructure and reduce pollution. Black people are almost 5 times more likely to die from asthma-related causes than white counterparts.

  • Remediating brownfields and Superfund sites. 26% of Black Americans live within 3 miles of Superfund sites that can lead to elevated lead levels in our children’s blood. By providing $21 billion to cleanup efforts, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help protect our children while providing good-paying union jobs to our communities.