Starting the Conversation on the American Jobs Plan

Most people would agree that creating jobs and rebuilding infrastructure like roads and bridges is a good thing. The American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave our nation’s infrastructure a score of C-, which is a little scary.

To address this, President Biden recently announced his $2.3T American Jobs Plan with a focus on infrastructure like roads, bridges and tunnels. The plan also funds initiatives that critics argue would not traditionally fall under “infrastructure” like charging stations for electric cars. The other big part is the estimated 2.6-2.7M jobs that will be created as a result of the plan.

Former President Obama and Trump offered up similar plans to address America’s aging infrastructure, but were unsuccessful in getting anything passed by Congress. Unlike his predecessors, President Biden has also a proposed a way to pay for it.

So Here’s the Question

At your next gathering or in a group chat, use these questions to spark a discussion:

  • Is it worth it? Why?
  • Should the focus only be on “real” infrastructure projects?
  • What are the top three or four items you think should be funded?
  • If you had to cut three or four things – what would they be and why?
  • Is how it is being funded fair?
  • Are you personally affected by how it’s funded?

Something to Consider

As with most things people have different opinions about what is being funded in President Biden’s proposal. Here’s what they’re saying:

This plan charts a course for progress and opportunity for all Americans. It will make a significant investment in broadband while also investing in long-neglected areas of our infrastructure, from clean water to schools, housing and child care facilities to seniors’ and long-term care and veterans’ facilities.”

Over 90% of the bill they're proposing has nothing to do with roads and bridges," calling it "Soviet-style infrastructure."

And it will be centered squarely on justice: with a Made in America tax plan that ensures that big corporations pay their fair share and with a laser-focus on creating opportunities for communities of color and rural areas too
often left behind.”

It’s the single largest investment in American jobs since World War Two, and it’s a plan that puts millions of Americans to work to fix what’s broken in our country: tens of thousands of miles of roads and highways, thousands of bridges in desperate need of repair.”

For some reason, the Biden administration seems intent upon reversing the benefits of the tax reform back in 2017 and it's going to result in not just higher taxes, but lower wages and a weaker economy despite the funding for
infrastructure"

At its core, the president’s plan calls for a $620 billion investment in transportation infrastructure. However, the total soars to $3 trillion with its inclusion of these broad policy priorities that are a far cry away from what we’ve ever defined as infrastructure.”

Democrats, Republicans will have ideas about what they like and what they don’t like about our plan. That’s — that’s a good thing. That’s the American way. That’s the way democracy works. Debate is welcome. Compromise is inevitable. Changes are certain.”

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