BEYOND THE BELTWAY
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funds Internet Access Improvements
Welcome to Beyond The Beltway – our weekly highlight reel of public investment in action.
This week’s edition features major investments in broadband infrastructure, small businesses, affordable child care, and more!
Check out these success stories from all around the country – public investment in action!
FLORIDA: The Sunshine State is using nearly $676 million of American Rescue Plan funds available to assist homeowners avoid foreclosure due to the COVID pandemic. It’s estimated that the program will prevent about 20,000 homes from foreclosing. [story]
NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heel State will receive and utilize at least $100 million of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to expand internet access and make it more affordable for residents. [story]
NEW YORK: Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the state will invest $30 million of American Rescue Plan funds in expanding access to affordable child care for New York families. [story]
- WISCONSIN: Governor Tony Evers announced that Wisconsin will invest an additional $25 million of American Rescue Plan funds in the Main Street Bounceback Program, supporting small businesses hurt due to the pandemic, creating jobs, and revitalizing downtown spaces. [story]
TEXAS: El Paso will use $6 million of American Rescue Plan funds to make improvements to public parks by reconstructing and resurfacing sports courts used by residents all over the city. [story]
- WASHINGTON: Spokane County will use $4 million from the American Rescue Plan for a new water infrastructure project that will increase efficiency and create a more resilient supply of water in the area. [story]
About Invest in America
Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.
The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.