The White Houses American Jobs Plan Shows The Need For Action From Harlem To Hawaii

April 12, 2021

For decades, infrastructure in New York from Harlem to the Hudson has suffered from a systemic lack of investment.

The need for action is clear:

New York’s infrastructure received a C- grade on its Infrastructure Report Card. The American Jobs Plan will
make a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure.

Roads and Bridges: In New York, there are 1,702 bridges and over 7,292 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 7.4% in New York, and on average, each driver pays $625 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair.

The American Jobs Plan will devote more than $600 billion to transform our nation’s transportation infrastructure and make it more resilient, including $115 billion in repairing roads and bridges.

Public Transportation: New Yorkers who take public transportation spend an extra 58.9% of their time commuting and non-White households are 2.5 times more likely to commute via public transportation.

11% of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past useful life. The American Jobs Plan will modernize public transit with an $85 billion investment.

Resilience Infrastructure: From 2010 to 2020, New York has experienced 31 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $100 billion in damages.

The President is calling for $50 billion to improve the resiliency of our infrastructure and support communities’ recovery from disaster.

Drinking Water: Over the next 20 years, New York’s drinking water infrastructure will require $22.8
billion in additional funding.

The American Jobs Plan includes a $111 billion investment to ensure clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.

Housing: In part due to a lack of available and affordable housing, 1.7 million renters in New York are
rent-burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent.

The President proposes investing over $200 billion to increase the housing supply and address the affordable housing crisis.

Broadband: 31.4% of New Yorkers live in areas where there is only one broadband internet provider providing minimally acceptable speeds. Even where infrastructure is available, broadband may be too expensive to be within reach.

13% of New York households do not have an internet subscription. The American Jobs Plan will invest $100 billion to bring universal, reliable, high-speed, and affordable coverage to every family in America.

Caregiving: Across the country, hundreds of thousands of older adults and people with disabilities
are in need of a home and community-based services.

The President’s plan will invest $400 billion to help more people access care and improve the quality of caregiving jobs.

State-by-state there is an urgent need for the investment to be made that is proposed by President Biden in his American Jobs Plan.

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