Thank Democrats for tackling infrastructure

To the editor:

On Monday, Nov. 15, President Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Here, according to whitehouse.gov, is what the bill will do for Pennsylvania:

1. Pennsylvania would expect to receive $11.3 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $1.6 billion for bridge replacement and repairs over five years.

2. Pennsylvania would expect to receive $2.8 billion over five years to improve public transportation options across the state.

3. Pennsylvania would expect to receive $171 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state. Pennsylvania will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill.

4. Pennsylvania will receive a minimum allocation of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 394,000 Pennsylvanians who currently lack it. And, under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, 2,917,000 or 23% of people in Pennsylvania will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.

5. Based on historical formula funding levels, Pennsylvania will expect to receive $49 million over five years to protect against wildfires and $26 million to protect against cyberattacks. Pennsylvanians will also benefit from the bill’s historic $3.5 billion national investment in weatherization which will reduce energy costs for families.

6. Pennsylvania will expect to receive $1.4 billion over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state and ensure that clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.

7. Airports in Pennsylvania would receive approximately $355 million for infrastructure development for airports over five years.

When you see your roads and bridges being repaired, when you are able to access the internet quickly and easily, remember to thank a Democrat.

Joan D. Loewen



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