How will President Biden’s American Jobs Plan help the State of Texas?

Biden leads the nation's recovery effort

AUSTIN, Texas – The Biden administration announced, last month, the American Jobs Plan. This plan is a once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure to make America more competitive, while creating millions of good-paying jobs for Americans.

So far, Biden is leading the nation’s recovery effort, with the success of his Covid-19 vaccine rollout and reaching new milestones with pushing Americans back to work.

During his first 100 days in office, President Biden has created more than 1 million new jobs, which is more than any president in history has created during the same timespan. The administration also extended small businesses loans to provide relief to millions of small businesses struggling to stay open.

Biden’s $2 trillion American Jobs Plan will mark a historic investment in key infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and much more, across the country. The president’s plan includes the following, but is not limited to:

  • making massive investments in housing
  • increasing jobs and opportunities in renewable energy
  • improving Internet connectivity and expanding broadband access for Americans
  • increasing options for childcare services and supporting caregivers
  • improving health care for veterans

Texas, being the second most populated state in the nation, is likely to benefit from Biden’s plan, especially considering the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers graded Texas with a C in their recently released Infrastructure Report Card (IRC).

Here are some ways the American Jobs Plan will help Texas:

Based on the IRC, Texas has 818 bridges and more than 19,400 miles of highway in poor condition. Dur to driving on roads in need of repair, each driver pays $709 in costs for damages. Texas commute times have gone up by 11.4 percent on average since 2011. Biden’s American Jobs Plan promises more than $600 billion to repair our nation’s transportation infrastructure and make it more sustainable. This includes $115 billion in repairs on roads and bridges.

Public transportation costs Texans an extra 80.8 percent of their time to commute. In addition, 12 percent of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are overdue with their lifespan. Texas is dependent on the federal government for developments and fixes on public transportation, and President Biden’s plan will help modernize public transit with an $85 billion investment.

Due to the climate crisis causing more frequent and intense weather events in Texas and across the U.S., Biden is requesting $50 billion in federal funds to help enhance the resiliency of the state’s infrastructure and support communities’ recovering from disaster. Additionally, the president’s plan will upgrade and weatherize the state’s electrical grids, attempting to prevent crises like the February power outages from happening in the future.

The American Jobs Plan will upgrade low-income homes, making them more energy-efficient, as part of Biden’s commitment to improve the climate crisis. This will be done through a historic investment in the Weatherization Assistance Program, a new Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator to finance building improvements and expanded tax credits to bear home energy improvements. Texas can benefit from this, considering the average low-income family spends eight to ten percent of their income on home energy costs, forcing them to choose between energy bills and other essentials.

More than 1.7 million renters in the State of Texas spend over 30 percent of their income on rent, partly due to the lack of affordable housing in Texas. President Biden proposes to invest over $200 billion to raise the housing supply. He also plans to address the affordable housing crisis.

The reliability on Internet, over the past year, has increased for Texans. More than 12 percent of Texans live in areas where the broadband infrastructure is described as providing very low acceptable speeds, and 43.3 percent of Texans live in areas with only one Internet provider. Even for those where infrastructure is available, it may be too expensive to be within reach for the estimated 13.7 percent of Texan households that don’t have Internet. Biden’s plan plans to invest $100 billion to bring universal, reliable, high-speed and affordable Internet coverage to families in America.

The American Jobs Plan focuses on building a better foundation for the community. To see how the American Jobs Plan hopes to further help Texans, click here.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“In fewer than a hundred days in office, President Biden and Vice President Harris have already gotten relief checks to millions of families, helped businesses stay afloat and turned the tide of the coronavirus pandemic. We finally have a president who is putting people first and is investing in our communities to guarantee we are not left behind — even post-COVID.

The Biden-Harris administration and Democrats are fighting to get our economy back on track after years of mismanagement and negligence by the previous administration.

“This is real leadership. The American Jobs Plan will create good-paying union jobs, rebuild our roads, ports and bridges, and will also create a solid foundation for everyone in America to prosper.”