The News & Observer reported yesterday that North Carolina could receive “at least $8.7 billion” in funding through the bipartisan infrastructure deal to repair roads and bridges, expand access to high-speed internet, and support more electric vehicles that would create good-paying jobs, stimulate the economy, and enhance American competitiveness.
Despite Senators Tillis’ and Burr’s reported support of the deal, Republican Senate candidates Congressman Ted Budd, former Governor Pat McCrory, and former Congressman Mark Walker all oppose it.
Walker praised the 33 Republicans who tried to prevent consideration of the infrastructure plan and had the audacity to say it is because he is worried about the debt, despite previously voting to add nearly $2 trillion to the national debt in order to give a massive tax cut to billionaires and special interests.
Ted Budd is against the plan which would help expand broadband access to the at least 424,000 North Carolinians who currently lack it.
Pat McCrory apparently doesn’t think that “positive[s]” from the bill like repairing roads and bridges, expanding broadband, and creating jobs are worth supporting.
“North Carolina is poised to receive over $8 billion as part of the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a NCDP spokeswoman. “But if the Republican Senate candidates had it their way, our state’s economy and people would lose out on investments in critical improvements to rebuild our infrastructure and create good-paying jobs.”