President Joe Biden signed the critical Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, the largest investment in modern history and a step towards protecting good union jobs in the construction and transportation industries. The Infrastructure Act and American Jobs Plan will be instrumental in rebuilding our nation and further aid our nation’s economic recovery.
Infrastructure investment looks different in every state. Here’s how our region will transform under the historic legislation:
- As commute times increase, our roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair. The American Jobs Plan will devote more than $600 billion to transform our nation’s transportation infrastructure and make it more resilient, including $115 billion repairing roads and bridges.
- Manufacturers account for more than 9.4% of total output in Massachusetts, employing 243,000 workers, or 6.6% of the state’s workforce. $300 billion will be invested to retool and revitalize American manufacturers.
- 478,000 renters in Massachusetts spend more than 30% of their income on rent. This plan invests over $200 billion nationwide to increase the housing supply and address the affordable housing crisis.
- Vermonters who take public transportation spend an extra 40.2% of their time commuting, and non-White households are 2.6 times more likely to commute via public transportation. The American Jobs Plan will modernize public transit with an $85 billion investment.
- Over 12% of Vermont households do not have an internet subscription, and 66.5% of Vermonters live in areas where there is only one high-speed provider. The American Jobs Plan will invest $100 billion to bring universal, reliable, high-speed, and affordable coverage to every family in America.