With the passage of the American Jobs Plan, Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin hopes the federal government will take a “measure twice, cut once” approach to infrastructure improvements. According to her office, 16 extreme weather events cost the state $10 billion in damages between 2010 and 2020. She hopes President Joe Biden’s call for $50 billion to improve infrastructure resiliency will help soften the blow when extreme weather events happen again.
Her office adds that 198 bridges and over 1,900 miles of roadway are rated as poor as Wisconsin commuters spend more time going to work. Baldwin says the state needs a long-term solution to fix the roads and the ability to invest in public transportation.
The nearly $2 trillion American Jobs Plan also addresses broadband internet access and upgrading drinking water systems. According to National Public Radio, Senate Republicans counteroffered with a $928 billion infrastructure proposal on Thursday by repurposing funds already approved for other projects and not by raising corporate taxes.