(Statewide, WY) – Today the White House released state-by-state fact sheets that highlight the urgent need in every state across the country for the investments proposed by President Biden in the American Jobs Plan.
The American Jobs Plan is “an investment in America that will create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and position the United States to out-compete China.”
These fact sheets are the latest in a series from the White House highlighting the benefits of the American Jobs Plan for communities and aim to highlight the number of bridges and miles of road in each state in poor condition, the percentage of households without access to broadband, the billions of dollars required for water infrastructure, as well as other infrastructure needs.
Main focuses of the American Jobs plan in Wyoming include:
- Infrastructure such as roads and bridges. In Wyoming there are 218 bridges and over 380 miles of highway in poor condition. The American Jobs Plan will devote more than $600 billion to transform our nations’ transportation infrastructure and make it more resilient, including $115 billion repairing roads and bridges.
- Drinking water. Over the next 20 years, Wyoming’s drinking water infrastructure will require $458 million in additional funding. The American Jobs Plan includes a $111 billion investment to ensure clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.
- Broadband. 27% of Wyomingites live in areas where, by one definition, there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds. 63.6% of Wyomingites live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. Even where infrastructure is available, broadband may be too expensive to be within reach. Nearly 12% of Wyoming 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.
- Clean energy jobs. Wyoming has outsized potential for innovative energy technologies including carbon capture and sequestration and geothermal energy generation, that create good paying union jobs. As of 2019, there were 8,721 Wyomingites working in clean energy, and the American Jobs Plan invests in building that industry through a reformed and expended Section 45Q tax credit and extending renewable energy tax credits.
Other areas of focus in Wyoming:
- Public transportation
- Resilient infrastructure
- Home energy
- Veterans health
For full descriptions of each of these Wyoming categories, click here.
For more information on the the American Jobs Plan and each state’s fact sheet, click here.