Charleston Gazette-Mail – West Virginia’s bridges, dams, drinking water, roads and wastewater have received a D grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers, and 24% of the state’s residents live in a broadband desert. Furthermore, 54% live in a child care desert and 19% of children in the state live in poverty. Read the full op-ed.
West Virginia has an opportunity to receive federal money to tackle these challenges head on. The proposed American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan invest in the physical infrastructure and people of West Virginia. They outline spending a total of $115 billion repairing roads and bridges, $111 billion on safe drinking water and another $50 billion to protect the nation’s infrastructure against extreme weather events. These robust plans would improve health care facilities for 140,000 veterans in West Virginia, expand health insurance to 31,000 of our residents who lack it today, provide nearly 450,000 West Virginians with tax cuts via Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit expansions and lift 22,000 children out of poverty, among numerous other investments.
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