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Thankful we passed infrastructure bill

Thankful we passed infrastructure bill

To the Editor:

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the coming holidays, I’m writing to express my gratitude to Senators Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., and all the Democratic lawmakers for voting in favor of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act President Joe Biden signed into law on November 15 . 

The following is a partial list of how North Carolina can benefit from the legislation over the next five years: 

• About $457 million is expected for bridge replacement and repairs 

• About $910 million to improve public transportation

• At least $100 million to expand broadband across the state

• More than $1 billion to improve water infrastructure and eliminate lead service lines and pipes

According to a 2020 Federal Highway Administration Report, 1,460 bridges and over 3,116 miles of highway in N.C. are in poor condition. 

It’s estimated that North Carolinians who use public transit spend an additional 59.9% of their time commuting and non-White households are 3.4 times more likely to commute using public transportation. For these reasons, investments must be made in buses, commuter rail and other modes of transit that cut emissions and improve economic opportunity for residents who must depend on public transit. 

At least 424,000 North Carolina residents who lack internet access could receive it and more than 30% of state residents will be eligible for a benefit to help low-income families gain access.

A total of 19 Republican senators and 13 Republican House members voted for the bill.

Following his vote, Sen. Tillis stated, “The bipartisan infrastructure bill is a big win for all North Carolinians, funding infrastructure projects and creating good-paying jobs without raising taxes. I worked hard to ensure this package improves North Carolina’s roads, highways and bridges , as well as major funding for clean water. I’m proud we could get this important legislation signed into law.”

After signing the bill, President Biden said, “I ran for president because the only way to move this country forward, in my view, is through compromise and consensus.” We should all thank him for delivering on his promise to work earnestly with Congress to find common ground. 

Myrna Campbell

Waynesville

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