PRESS RELEASE: WISCONSINITES NEED ESSENTIAL BUILD BACK BETTER INVESTMENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
June 29, 2021

Contact: 
Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director

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The American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) Gave Wisconsin’s Infrastructure a “C” Grade


[Invest in America Action]

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, President Joe Biden will travel to Wisconsin to make the case for his Build Back Better agenda, which will create millions of jobs both with a bipartisan hard infrastructure package and a subsequent reconciliation package with the rest of the American Jobs and Families Plans.

President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda will make life better for Wisconsin’s middle class and working families by creating millions of good-paying jobs,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America Action. “In addition to rebuilding crumbling roads, bridges, and public transportation, expanding internet access, and removing 100% of the state’s lead pipes, it’s far past time to eliminate Wisconsin’s child care deserts and invest in clean energy technology through a subsequent reconciliation package that will ensure our country can continue to compete in a global economy. Beyond the fact that these investments are desperately needed, they are also overwhelmingly popular. President Biden’s Build Back Better packages offer us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to meet the moment through big, bold job creating public investments.”

Wisconsin’s infrastructure is crumbling. Here’s why Wisconsinites can’t afford to wait any longer for President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda:

  • One-third of rural families lack high-speed internet, and during the pandemic 82,000 children in Wisconsin didn’t have access to reliable internet for remote learning.”
  • 1,000 bridges in Wisconsin were rated structurally deficient.”
  • Nearly half of Milwaukee’s 160,000 water service lines are lead, and the plan’s investments in water infrastructure will replace them all.”
  • There are nearly 200 bridges and almost 2,000 miles of highway in Wisconsin in poor condition.
  • Wisconsinites who take public transportation spend an extra 62.7% of their time commuting, and 29% of the state’s trains and other transit vehicles are past useful life. 
    • This disproportionately burdens non-white households, which are 5.9 times more likely to commute via public transportation.
  • 54% of Wisconsinites live in a child care desert.

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources. 

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

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