Joe Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure & Jobs Plan

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The American Jobs Plan is designed to spur job growth in a number of sectors, including construction, clean energy, and long-term care. The plan envisions millions of housing units, school buildings, and veterans’ hospitals being built and retrofitted, lead pipes being eliminated from America’s water infrastructure, and 500,000 electrical vehicle charging stations being installed on the nation’s roadways.

Comparing the plan’s investment to the creation of the American highway system in the 1950s and the space race of the ’50s and ’60s, a Biden administration official said the goal of the plan is to “revitalize our national imagination and put millions of Americans right now in work that’s desperately needed for the nation.”

Here are the toplines of what’s in the American Jobs Plan:
  • The $621 billion in infrastructure spending is the largest chunk of Biden’s plan, aiming to modernize 20,000 miles of highways, roads, and main streets, fix the 10 most economically significant bridges in the country, and repair 10,000 smaller bridges. Biden’s plan calls for $85 billion to modernize public transit and $80 billion to be put toward Amtrak for repairs and improving train corridors.
  • Invests $174 billion in the electric vehicle market, building out a network of 500,000 EV chargers on roads by 2030. The plan also calls for the electrification of 20 percent of the school bus fleet, and using federal procurement to electrify the entire federal fleet, including the US Postal Service.
  • Eliminates all lead pipes and service lines in drinking water systems, and puts $56 billion in grants and flexible loans to states, tribes, and territories to upgrade drinking, wastewater, and stormwater systems.
  • Invests $100 billion to build out the nation’s high-speed broadband infrastructure to 100 percent coverage, including in remote and rural areas. Biden’s plan also commits to working with Congress to reduce the price of broadband, but doesn’t specify exactly how.
  • Invests $213 billion to build and retrofit over 2 million homes and commercial buildings, including community colleges, aging schools, child care facilities, veterans’ hospitals, and federal buildings. Biden’s plan calls for 1 million affordable housing units to be produced or retrofitted, and over 500,000 homes for low- and middle-income homebuyers to be built or rehabilitated. The plan also calls for the elimination of exclusionary zoning.
  • Puts $16 billion toward plugging old oil and gas wells, abandoned coal and uranium mines, as well as funding environmental resiliency jobs including restoring forests, wetlands, and watersheds. The plan calls for $10 billion to create a Civilian Climate Corps to conserve public lands and waters, one of Biden’s campaign promises. Conservation advocates argued that environmental restoration and resilience jobs like these can put people to work even more quickly than clean energy jobs. “Some of the earliest job wins you’re going to see are going to be in the restoration space,” Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, told Vox. “They don’t require materials or construction, new fabrication of different goods and materials. The only thing that’s needed is money.”
  • Invests $100 billion to modernize the nation’s electrical grid, and extend and expand the production and investment tax credits to accelerate clean energy jobs and projects in wind, solar, and other forms of renewable energy.

The bill also includes some ideas that might stretch the traditional definition of infrastructure:
  • Bolsters unions by calling on Congress to pass the pro-union Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Biden’s plan similarly asks Congress to tie federal investments in clean energy and infrastructure to prevailing wage laws, and requires that investments in transportation meet existing transit labor protections.
  • Bans “exclusionary zoning” and harmful land-use policies, including minimum lot sizes, mandatory parking requirements, and prohibitions on multifamily housing.
  • Expands long-term care under Medicaid, increasing access to home and community-based services and giving more people the chance to receive care at home. The Biden administration’s plan aims to increase the quality of care-giving jobs and offer home health workers more chances to unionize and increase their wages.
  • As part of a plan to target workforce development in underserved communities, Biden’s plan would put $5 billion over eight years to support evidence-based community violence prevention programs, and invest in job training for formerly incarcerated individuals.
https://www.vox.com/2021/3/31/22357179/biden-two-trillion-infrastructure-jobs-plan-explained
 
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Broadband is huge.

Hope they make federal laws that it needs to be regulated as a utility. Landline data is a utility, every bit as much as electricity is. Should be treated exactly the same.

Let the profit mongers fight it out over: i) wireless, and ii) content. That's fine.


Another one that is huge, and I don't think mentioned in the OP, is an increase federal investment in research. Finally, some good news there!
 

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Broadband is huge.

Hope they make federal laws that it needs to be regulated as a utility. Landline data is a utility, every bit as much as electricity is. Should be treated exactly the same.

Let the profit mongers fight it out over: i) wireless, and ii) content. That's fine.


Another one that is huge, and I don't think mentioned in the OP, is an increase federal investment in research. Finally, some good news there!
The Fellas should be totally on board! Nevis and International Falls will thrive as folks flee the smoking crater that is Minneapolis to work remotely.
 

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Ah New York. Democrat run and home to the highest taxes in the country. Yet still can’t afford to fix their roads. Need grandpapa Biden to print more money in order to bail them out.
I'm surprised they can get anything done at all, considering how things are run there. I know a few people in the Transportation industry/construction there and the union corruption is literally equal to or worse than what you would even see in the movies; absolutely staggering. Disgusting really. I'm not one to be easily surprised or shocked but my jaw was about on the floor with the union corruption stories. I can't believe anything gets built at all.

As far as infrastructure over here in Nevada, I'll gladly take whatever Mr. Magoo is handing out and move up my retirement by a couple years easily. Shitty for most of the country but hey, what the heck.
 

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Ah New York. Democrat run and home to the highest taxes in the country. Yet still can’t afford to fix their roads. Need grandpapa Biden to print more money in order to bail them out.

Very interesting. Especially because New York pays more in federal taxes than they receive in federal assistance. Go figure.....it's the republican red states that are consistently net takers....constantly needing to be "bailed out".
 

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Predictions:

1) If it passes, it will be with EVERY REPUBLICAN voting against.

AND...

2) If it passes, more than a few Republicans will try to fool their constituents into believing that they voted for it.
 

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Ah New York. Democrat run and home to the highest taxes in the country. Yet still can’t afford to fix their roads. Need grandpapa Biden to print more money in order to bail them out.
And the D's are just fine with bailing out Mr. Straight Talk From A Politician CUOMO.......
 

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I'm not one to be easily surprised or shocked but my jaw was about on the floor with the union corruption stories.
Sounds like the kind of corruption that would be commonplace in a so called "free" market.
 

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Trying to sell this simply as an “infrastructure” plan is just as hilarious as the trying to sell the Rescue Plan as “covid” relief.

It’s just another leftist wish list of spending for their socialist agenda.
 

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Trying to sell this simply as an “infrastructure” plan is just as hilarious as the trying to sell the Rescue Plan as “covid” relief.

It’s just another leftist wish list of spending for their socialist agenda.
Nobody understands branding better than the Dems. When you can sell millions of people on the notion of "voter suppression", let's face it, you can sell them just about anything with some catchy branding and a fully complicit marketing arm
 

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The state of New York has a 45 cent gas tax on every gallon. Where does that money go? Why is it up to the federal government to maintain state and local roads. National interstates are one thing, but not state and local operated roads.
You wish our economy was so easily partitioned and simplified. You like things simple.

Every single person in our country directly benefits from the infrastructure in NYC. Like it or not. It is a central place where our retirement accounts grow, so that we aren't broke when we can no longer (nor should be required to!) reasonably work for a living.

Businesses from every single state ship things to NYC in the hopes of making their fortunes.

Etc.
 

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IE, you didn't build that, bitch. (I wish Obama had added this word at the end. Would've made it that much better)
 

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Simple solution: Take 2 trillion and divide it by the population. Then allocate it to each state based on their population. Let the states (who know far better their needs and priorities) handle it.

For a point of reference, Minnesota would receive about $17 billion under this plan (total 2021 MN state budget is around $39 billion).

That is far too simple, unfortunately, and many/most in the federal government owe A LOT of people a lot of favors and need to be able to launder the money and siphon enough of it to repay those favors.
 

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Simple solution: Take 2 trillion and divide it by the population. Then allocate it to each state based on their population. Let the states (who know far better their needs and priorities) handle it.
Silly.

The need, in terms of dollars, isn't proportioned across the country exactly the same as the population.
 

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Silly.

The need, in terms of dollars, isn't proportioned across the country exactly the same as the population.
True, but trusting the federal government to assess and distribute 2 trillion dollars is not only silly, it's beyond ludicrous. Paybacks/kickbacks, corruption, ineptitude, contracts used to launder money back to politicians, etc. It will be a miracle if 1 trillion of that is actually used appropriately.

Many of those same things occur at the state level, but to a much smaller extent. It is also much more likely to be traced and tracked at the state level.
 

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True, but trusting the federal government to assess and distribute 2 trillion dollars is not only silly, it's beyond ludicrous. Paybacks/kickbacks, corruption, ineptitude, contracts used to launder money back to politicians, etc. It will be a miracle if 1 trillion of that is actually used appropriately.

Many of those same things occur at the state level, but to a much smaller extent. It is also much more likely to be traced and tracked at the state level.
You trust the state governments to do it? Many of them are even more corrupt because one party is in absolute power.
 

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The state of New York has a 45 cent gas tax on every gallon. Where does that money go? Why is it up to the federal government to maintain state and local roads. National interstates are one thing, but not state and local operated roads.
50% of the state gas tax money goes to mass transit and administrative costs
 

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You trust the state governments to do it? Many of them are even more corrupt because one party is in absolute power.
I don't trust any government to do anything honestly and efficiently. But I would choose state governments way more than the federal government. Infinitely more power = infinitely more corruption. Plus it's too big, filled with people doing tasks they have zero qualification to do. Are you comfortable with some appointed stiff in D.C., whose beholden to immense national/global influence, selecting which projects get funded in MN?
 
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