The American Jobs Plan

If repair is your M.O., this $2 trillion infrastructure package could have opportunities for you

The White House announced a $2 trillion infrastructure package Wednesday that will have a major emphasis on repair across all 50 states and a number of industrial sectors.

Key components of the plan are listed below:

Fix highways, rebuild bridges, upgrade ports, airports and transit systems. The plan will modernize 20,000 miles of highways, roads, and main-streets. It will fix the ten most economically significant bridges in the country in need of reconstruction. It also will repair the worst 10,000 smaller bridges, providing critical linkages to communities. And, it will replace thousands of buses and rail cars, repair hundreds of stations, renew airports, and expand transit and rail into new communities.

Utilities & domestic upgrades: Clean drinking water, a renewed electric grid, and high-speed broadband to all Americans. The plan will eliminate all lead pipes and service lines in our drinking water systems, improving the health of our country’s children and communities of color. It will put hundreds of thousands of people to work laying thousands of miles of transmission lines and capping hundreds of thousands of orphan oil and gas wells and abandoned mines. And, it will bring affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband to every American, including the more than 35 percent of rural Americans who lack access to broadband at minimally acceptable speeds.

In a wider-ranging section, the plan calls to “build, preserve, and retrofit more than two million homes and commercial buildings, modernize our nation’s schools and child care facilities, and upgrade veterans’ hospitals and federal buildings.” saying it will “will create good jobs building, rehabilitating, and retrofitting affordable, accessible, energy efficient, and resilient housing, commercial buildings, schools, and child care facilities all over the country, while also vastly improving our nation’s federal facilities, especially those that serve veterans.

The next two sections appear to have an economic and social slant, while both promising job creation for various parts of the workforce. Firstly, healthcare professionals were recognized, as the plan pledged to “solidify the infrastructure of our care economy by creating jobs and raising wages and benefits for essential home care workers. Secondly, the plan turned to blue-collar workers and ostensibly addressing the manufacturing skills gap, if not in those words: Revitalize manufacturing, secure U.S. supply chains, invest in R&D, and train Americans for the jobs of the future.” This section, too, mentioned diversity and innovation on the way to “creating hundreds of thousands of quality jobs today. Our workers will build and make things in every part of America, and they will be trained for well-paying, middle-class jobs.”

The last underlined section of the press release’s introduction refers to the creation of “good-quality jobs that pay prevailing wages in safe and healthy workplaces while ensuring workers have a free and fair choice to organize, join a union, and bargain collectively with their employers.” 

It then continues to explore the specifics of the plan, the first of which is revitalizing the transportation sector. EVs are heavily emphasized in this part of the plan, as well as offshore wind. In general, the massive plan is partially connected to a number of renewalbe energy plans the new administration has outlined in recent weeks, such as those pertaining to offshore wind.

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