White House circulates states’ infrastructure needs, but doesn’t detail how much each would get

The White House is putting out a state-by-state breakdown of infrastructure needs it says would be addressed by Democratic President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion proposal dubbed the American Jobs Plan.

While the cheat sheets list states’ specific deficiencies, they don’t break out how much of the federal money would be directed to each of them under the plan. So take it for what it’s worth.

Republicans are blasting the plan for going well beyond the scope of what is traditionally considered to be infrastructure.

Here’s the full release from the Biden administration:

For decades, infrastructure in Tennessee has suffered from a systemic lack of investment. The need for action is clear:

ROADS AND BRIDGES: In Tennessee there are 881 bridges and over 270 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 7.7% in Tennessee and on average, each driver pays $209 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. The American Jobs Plan will devote more than $600 billion to transform our nations’ transportation infrastructure and make it more resilient, including $115 billion repairing roads and bridges.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Tennesseans who take public transportation spend an extra 67.9% of their time commuting and non-White households are 5.6 times more likely to commute via public transportation. 21% of trains and other transit vehicles are past useful life. The American Jobs Plan will modernize public transit with an $85 billion investment.

RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE: From 2010 to 2020, Tennessee has experienced 40 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $20 billion in damages. The President is calling for $50 billion to improve the resiliency of our infrastructure and support communities’ recovery from disaster.

DRINKING WATER: Over the next 20 years, Tennessee’s drinking water infrastructure will require $8.7 billion in additional funding. The American Jobs Plan includes a $111 billion investment to ensure clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.

HOUSING: In part due to a lack of available and affordable housing, 396,000 renters in Tennessee are rent burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent. The President proposes investing over $200 billion to increase housing supply and address the affordable housing crisis.

BROADBAND: Nearly 10% of Tennesseans live in areas where, by one definition, there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds. And 46.8% of Tennesseans live in areas where there is only one such provider. Even where infrastructure is available, broadband may be too expensive to be within reach. 17% of Tennessee households do not have an internet subscription. The American Jobs Plan will invest $100 billion to bring universal, reliable, high-speed, and affordable coverage to every family in America.

CAREGIVING: Across the country, hundreds of thousands of older adults and people with disabilities are in need of home and community-based services. The President’s plan will invest $400 billion to help more people access care and improve the quality of caregiving jobs.

CHILD CARE: In Tennessee, there is an estimated $768 million gap in what schools need to do maintenance and make improvements and 48% of residents live in a child care desert. The American Jobs Plan will modernize our nation’s schools and early learning facilities and build new ones in neighborhoods across Tennessee and the country.

MANUFACTURING: Manufacturers account for more than 15% of total output in Tennessee, employing 357,000 workers, or 11.5% of the state’s workforce. The American Jobs Plan will invest $300 billion to retool and revitalize American manufacturers, including providing incentives for manufacturers to invest in innovative energy projects in coal communities.

HOME ENERGY: In Tennessee, an average low-income family spends 8-10% of their income on home energy costs forcing tough choices between paying energy bills and buying food, medicine or other essentials. The American Jobs Plan will upgrade low-income homes to make them more energy efficient through a historic investment in the Weatherization Assistance Program, a new Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator to finance building improvements, and expanded tax credits to support home energy upgrades.

CLEAN ENERGY JOBS: Tennessee has outsized potential for innovative energy technologies including carbon capture and sequestration and geothermal energy generation, that create good paying union jobs. As of 2019, there were 79,626 Tennesseans working in clean energy, and the American Jobs Plan invests in building that industry through a reformed and expended Section 45Q tax credit and extending renewable energy tax credits.

VETERANS HEALTH: Tennessee is home to over 470,000 veterans, 9.4% of who are women and 45% who are over the age of 65. The President is calling for $18 billion to improve the infrastructure of VA health care facilities to ensure the delivery of world-class, state of the art care to veterans enrolled in the VA health care system. This includes improvements to ensure appropriate care for women and older veterans.

38 Responses to White House circulates states’ infrastructure needs, but doesn’t detail how much each would get

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Republicans should do whatever they can to stop or at least slow this leftist boondoggle until the 2022 elections when we will capture the House and stop it for good. The House in Republican hands and lawsuits to nullify Presidential Orders should lessen this nightmare during its final two years.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      SIA, I don’t recall you being concerned during the rightist boondoggle of 2017 which resulted in massive tax reductions for the uber-wealthy and corporations, resulting in even more massive deficits. Nor were you concerned with the previous occupant of the WH governing by executive orders. Republicans and “conservatives” like you are the reason for the reactionary actions currently being proposed.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        1. A “boondoggle” is a project or activity so a tax cut is not a boondoggle but more substantively, of course as a conservative I didn’t mind tax cuts so as to deprive the government of money so long as there is a cut in government spending to complete the mission which is to reduce the size and scope of government. As you correctly point out that’s exactly what didn’t happen because Trump is not a conservative and the Republican Party in Congress is nowhere near conservative enough. Admittedly I wasn’t outspoken enough condemning that spending but I am trying to make up for it with 3 1/2 Lamars Retirement Project and other efforts to make the Republican Party in Congress more conservative.

        2. Executive Orders used as extensively as they are today are totally incompatible with a democratic republic and I think we should all unite in opposing their use. Of course, it’s only natural that Orders furthering leftist policy goals would evoke my ire more than Trump’s which generally furthered right wing policies. The demented Big Guy obviously made a pact with the left wing zealots who are now dominating the Democratic Party to further their agenda to make this a European social democratic country that I particularly oppose. Executive Orders are just another brick in the totalitarian wall that has long been under construction.

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          MARLE says:

          Look at Stuart Micro Analyzing the word boondoggle and correcting your use of it when your point was well understood regardless of the exact word chosen. Now ordinarily Stuart doesn’t like that type of nit-picking unless he’s the one doing it.

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        steve cates says:

        GREAT point. … .but that 2017 “boondoggle” helped rich folks!

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      Karen Bracken says:

      If HR1/S1 gets passed and we continue to use machines to cast our votes you will never see another R House, Senate or Presidency and the RED states are targeted as well.

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      MARLE says:

      Repbulicans HAD the House, Senate and White Houser for TWO consecutive years. They HAD the chance to limit Executive Orders. But, as usual, they did nothing. Live by the sword; die by the Sword.

      But they never learn. Or maybe they don’t want to learn. A pox on both their houses. There is no difference when in office~ only when they are playing defense.

    • Good morning. Which specific items in the American Jobs Plan that are included on the list provided by the White House in this news article would you remove?

      • For clarity, my previous question was directed to Stuart I. Anderson.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        No problem Richard, as we crowd $30 trillion in debt and show no signs of being willing to pay for the government the leftist want how about the following:

        1. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Transit that does not cross state lines are the responsibility of the state not the federal government. Remove all funding for intrastate transportation. There is no demand for Amtrack so that it pays for itself other than, perhaps, on the D. C. – Boston route eliminate it.

        2. RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE: You’ve got to be kidding! This should be limited to federally owned buildings the rest is a leftist dream and should be removed.

        3. DRINKING WATER: Rarely does “drinking water” in communities cross state lines. Not the function of the federal government – remove it.

        4. HOUSING: Just checked my constitution. Couldn’t find it in the enumerated powers of the federal government – remove it.

        5. CAREGIVING: HA-HA-HA-HA. Well, we are rapidly devolving into a bankrupt Nanny State – remove it.

        6. CHILD CARE: See #5 – remove it.

        7. MANUFACTURING: The function of private enterprise in a capitalistic country, not the government – remove it.

        8. HOME ENERGY: Didn’t see that as part of the enumerated powers either. State and local government welfare function – remove it.

        9. CLEAN ENERGY: Federal government shouldn’t pick winners and losers or subsidize leftist boondoggles. Bad policy and unconstitutional too – remove it.

        Tried to hurry Richard, so this is just off the top of my head. I really don’t want to live in a socialist nanny state and this country wasn’t founded to be a socialist nanny state so let’s not become a socialist nanny state.

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          MARLE says:

          The Federal government “shouldn’t pick winners and losers”, STUART? Are you kidding me???
          Without that element the Tax Code so-called reform of 2017 could have been about 100 pages long.

          And the whole waiver of Tariffs by Executive order (which you said nothing about) was the one of the most recent egregious demonstration of picking winners and losers by ONE MAN, for pete’s sake.

          And YOU, speaking for Conservatives, have a problem with the government “picking winners and losers”. This level of hypocrisy doesn’t help the Conservative movement.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Thank you for appointing me spokesman for the “Conservative movement,” I’m truly honored MARLE but really, like everyone else on this forum I’m really only ever speaking for myself. In addition, somehow I think the conservative movement won’t be materially effected by my not going into the weeds about 2017 tax reform or the “Tariffs by Executive Order” when Richard simply asked “Which specific items in the American Jobs Plan. . .would you remove?”

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            MARLE says:

            You say you are writing long-long-long winded diatribes to convert the lost to conservatism.

            I didn’t appoint you; YOU appointed YOURSELF!

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            MARLE says:

            You say you don’t want the government picking winners and losers. And THEN when it is pointed out that the Last 4 years was Full of this very thing and you said Not one word against it………that observation is gong “into the weeds”.

            Always a deflection rather than any accountability for the hypocrisy.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            1. One can try to convert people to Catholicism without self-appointing himself as Pope, Cardinal, Bishop, Priest or part of the infrastructure qualified to speak on behalf of the Catholic Church. Same is true for any religion or political movement.

            2. One can make a point or convey a message even though one omits a detail in doing so that might have been mentioned. That is neither “deflection” or “hypocrisy” rather, the non-pedantic person would simply chime in and provide the omitted detail without working up a gigantic load of huffiness over the matter.

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            MARLE says:

            Nice try; epic failure. Nothing new!

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      The party of “NO” raises it’s voice to spin the deal already.

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    James White says:

    Unconstitutional money handouts

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      What exactly is unconstitutional about proposing legislation, James?

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        Karen Bracken says:

        There is nothing wrong with proposing legislation but there is something wrong with handouts to Biden’s and Obama buddies like they did under Obama before. Remember those shovel ready jobs that amounted to nothing more than payback to Obama’s buddies. Get off your leftist soapbox because you are revealing your socialist ideology.

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          MARLE says:

          Trump handed out exemptions and waivers from quotas and tariffs all the time to specific big wall street companies (not industries but individual companies). Handing out favors is what BOTH parties do when in power. And that is just one small example.

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          Jonathan Swift says:

          Karen (appropriately named), how does requesting a clarification from James translate into me being on a leftist soapbox and revealing my socialist ideology? If you are refering to my previous response to SIA, how does pointing out his chronic hypocrisy reveal socialist ideology? I suppose you think there were no handouts to cronies during Republican administrations.

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        James White says:

        Jonathan, None of the items listed are listed in the constitution for the congress to legislate. The federal governments authority is few and defined.

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          MARLE says:

          Nothing we do now is in the Constitution, James. There are so many holes in the dyke we don’t have enough fingers even if all American hands were on deck.

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    Donna Locke says:

    Yes, send someone to caulk my house and give me a tax credit. Oh wait, I forgot my role in this.

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    MARLE says:

    I’d like to know if most of the Tennessee “rent burdened” (see blog text) got their education in TN public schools and if they graduated (after a taxpayer expenditure per yr of over 10K per yr) functionally illiterate.

    Where is the “Survey” that tells me WHO these people are so that we can Fix the problem instead of throwing more subsidies at the wage-earning failures.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Stu has already written a book on just this one article and he will write so much more, he dominates this forum most of the time, sometimes posting several separate posts in a row. Yes, he has designated himself as the explainer in chief and he does not like anybody challenging his authority. He has the next several elections all figured out.

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    Bill says:

    For Stuart I. Anderson, Surely you remember that the national debt rose nearly $7.8 trillion during Trump’s time in office.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Indeed I do Bill, and fully anticipating that occurrence I spent a great deal of money in 2016 trying to convince those voting in the Republican primaries of that year to vote for Ted Cruz.

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        MARLE says:

        And Cruz has spent the last 4- going on 5 years shouting and screaming on camera convincing us that there is NO daylight between himself and Trump. No one is a bigger Trumpian than Cruz. I too voted for him in the primary and it is a bigger embarrassment than if I had voted for Trump himself in that race.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Being a self-righteous bore is no way to be successful in politics. The Republican Party is made up of two major factions viz. conservatives and Trumpidians. Neither can win without the other. The leftists on this forum ardently hope that the two factions engage in an intraparty civil war. Sen. Cruz (Heritage-91%) and I refuse to accommodate them. If Trump doesn’t run Ted wants to be in position to do so. If he does, I am saving money in the SIA Evangelical Conservative Presidential PCF (which is not to be confused with the SIA Evangelical Conservative PCF) in order to assist him or a reasonable facsimile thereof.

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          MARLE says:

          But being a self-righteous lunatic is, I suppose. That’s the image he’s projecting in case your blinders keep you from seeing the truth.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          It’s that damn facial hair! Before I send him any money I will do my best to try to convince him to shave that absurd garbage off.

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      James White says:

      Bill the debt has gone up, Not down with EVERY congress in that last 100 years.
      There is Not a dimes worth of difference between the parties.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        So the trick is to change personnel in at least one of the parties. The Democrats have recently succeeded in doing that with leftists so how about let’s try to do the same thing in the Republican Party with rightists.

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        MARLE says:

        The debt as % of GDP increased remarkably during WW2 UNTIL those who Won the war came home and rebuilt the economy and Reduced the debt Every Year of their Careers, paying high tax rates, not Just by the rich, but by the lower quintiles, until the 1980’s when most of that generation was near Retirement.

        Then he Debt to GDP began to rise and has risen incredibly ever since.

        What we need is the WW2 Fiscal Discipline which apparently went into retirement along with the greatest generation.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    You really anticipate sending money to the little snip that ran off to the beach in Mexico precisely when his constituents needed him the most in an emergency situation. A squirrel like that is who you want to entrust with the country’s future. Stu, You already made one catastrophic pick that turned out to be a real Looney and Looser the last time around. Save your money, the Cruiser is just another trumpster style Looser, or as you say, “absurd garbage.”

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