WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: AMERICAN JOBS & FAMILIES PLANS WILL BUILD BACK EQUITABLY

President Biden’s job-creating American Jobs and Families Plans, which have earned bipartisan support in key states across the country, will help the nation build back stronger and more equitably. The Build Back Better agenda will promote economic growth in underserved communities, deliver broadband access to rural areas, address environmental pollution in low-income communities and communities of color, and ensure the top 1% pay their fair share.

Here’s what they’re saying:

  • The New York Times: Rural Areas Are Looking for Workers. They Need Broadband to Get Them.

    • Rural areas have complained for years that slow, unreliable or simply unavailable internet access is restricting their economic growth. But the pandemic has given new urgency to those concerns, at the same time that President Biden’s infrastructure plan — which includes $100 billion to improve broadband access — has raised hope that the problem might finally be addressed.
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      “Our ability to diversify our economic base is dependent on modern infrastructure, and that includes broadband,” he said. “We can say, ‘Come and work here.’ But if we don’t have modern amenities, modern infrastructure, that sales pitch falls flat.”

  • TheGrio: Biden’s climate agenda targets Black America with innovation, HBCU funding

    • The Biden administration is putting Black America at the center of the solution for climate change by expanding electric vehicle power stations into Black neighborhoods and dumping funds into HBCU renewable energy research.
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      Another progressive piece to this bold puzzle, Granholm said, is that Justice40 investments “must go to communities who have disproportionately negatively experienced environmental pollution as a result of living on the fence line of smokestacks” and “where children can’t even breathe without an inhaler and communities that have felt and have been left behind by markets, for example, coal and power plant communities that have seen the market turn in different directions and are without jobs.”

  • The Washington Post: Biden hopes to dig up the nation’s lead water pipes. This city wants his help.

    • Lead pipes have long delivered drinking water to older municipalities in the Northeast and Midwest, along with the risk that they could leach lead. The water-contamination debacle in Flint, Mich., one of the nation’s worst public health disasters, highlighted the threat after thousands of children were exposed. Now, half a dozen years later, President Biden has put a sweeping remedy at the center of his plans to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and address the legacy of environmental racism in minority and low-income communities.

      The Biden administration wants to spend $45 billion via grants and low-interest loans to replace more than 6 million lead-pipe service lines across the country. The measure is one of the most popular parts of his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal — a CBS News poll showed 85 percent approval — and may help overcome Republican lawmakers’ resistance to the package.

  • NBC News: Inside the $40-billion-a-year tax ‘loophole’ Biden’s plan would eliminate

    • The federal tax code contains a loophole so big that in the time you spend reading this article, it will have saved wealthy families and their heirs an average of about $400,000. Over the course of a day, the average total savings is more than $100 million.
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      Biden would use the money as one source of funding for his plan, which proposes nationwide preschools, free community college, a national paid-leave program and an extension of tax cuts for low- and middle-income Americans.
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      “Middle-income people spend most of their assets before they die, whereas high-income people have more wealth than they can spend,” said Leonard Burman, a co-founder of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, who contributed data to the Senate’s predictions. “So the more unequal wealth becomes, the more assets you’ll find are being passed tax-free.”

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