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The White House grades each state’s infrastructure

By |  April 13, 2021
With Joe Biden in the White House and tighter margins in the House and Senate, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association leaders expect a more moderate agenda to be pursued. Photo: lucky-photographer/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

The White House’s new infrastructure fact sheets highlight the need for investments that are called for in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. Photo: lucky-photographer/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

The White House released infrastructure fact sheets for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, issuing grades for each’s infrastructure.

According to the White House, the fact sheets highlight the urgent need in every state for investment in the American Jobs Plan proposed by President Biden. The fact sheets also highlight the number of roads and bridges in poor condition in each state; the financial investment necessary for water infrastructure; and the percentage of households without access to broadband.

Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal mirrors the plan he proposed while campaigning last summer.

A number of construction materials industry associations, including the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) and the Portland Cement Association (PCA), weighed in on President Biden’s proposal that addresses infrastructure and other areas.

“PCA has continually advocated for passage of a long-term bipartisan infrastructure package, and is encouraged that President Biden’s American Jobs Plan will provide the significant investment needed to modernize our nation’s highways, roads and bridges to meet our country’s growing transportation needs,” says Mike Ireland, president and CEO at PCA says. “This robust plan has never been more critical, with many Americans still in need of jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Michael Johnson, president and CEO of NSSGA, also advocated for infrastructure investment, specifically surface transportation.

“Our entire surface transportation system is overutilized and underfunded,” Johnson says. “NSSGA will continue to fight to make sure that any infrastructure package rightly prioritizes surface transportation and provides significant long-term investment, including a fix to the Highway Trust Fund.”

More information on the American Job Plan will be released in the coming weeks, the White House says.

Zach Mentz

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