Biden administration addresses Pennsylvania’s infrastructure needs

Written by on April 14, 2021

Biden administration addresses Pennsylvania’s infrastructure needs

By Sam Dunklau / WITF

April 14, 2021

FILE – In this March 21, 2012 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Mellon Auditorium in Washington. Biden on Sunday, May 6, 2012 said he’s “absolutely comfortable” with gay couples who marry getting the same civil rights and liberties as heterosexual couples, a stand that gay rights advocates interpreted as an endorsement of same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The White House gives Pennsylvania’s infrastructure a C minus grade, which basically means the state hasn’t gotten the money it needs to keep its roads and public transportation up to snuff.

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A two-page fact sheet also points out more needs to be done to protect homes and businesses from severe weather, which has caused some $10 billion in damages over the last decade.

Topping the list are more than 10,000 miles of roads and bridges that need repairs, as well as an estimated $17 billion worth of drinking water improvements.

It also includes making things like home-based caregiving and paid family leave more accessible.

To start, Biden says he wants to spend $600 billion on traditional infrastructure across the country, some of which would help fix more than 7,500 miles of roads throughout Pennsylvania that are in poor condition.

The president is also proposing more tax credits to help build up the commonwealth’s clean energy industry.

While some Congressional Republicans are criticizing the plan as a vehicle for tax hikes, President Joe Biden touts a liberal-leaning poll from earlier this month that shows 58% of GOP voters support it.

Biden wants the nation to spend at least $2 trillion on infrastructure over the next eight years.

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