REPORT: HOW THE BUILD BACK BETTER ACT COULD BENEFIT KEY STATES

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Invest in America Action released a new research report, “How The Build Back Better Act Could Benefit Key States.”

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, advancing its historic investments in child care, affordable housing, education, clean energy, and more. After clearing the Senate and being signed into law, the Act will lower costs, cut taxes, and create millions of jobs for middle-class American families.

Read the report here.

How The Build Back Better Act Could Benefit Key States

Arizona

Child Care

  • The average cost of child care in Arizona is $9,395 per year; families with two young children spend 24% of their yearly income on child care.

  • Arizona’s lack of affordable child care options contributes to a 26.7% gender gap in workforce participation between mothers and fathers.

  • Investing in better child care would create and support an estimated 21,240 new jobs over 10 years in Arizona.

  • The Build Back Better Act would provide child care access to about 430,000 low-income Arizona children, and ensure families pay no more than 7% of their income for high-quality child care.

  • Arizona married and single parents could save on average up to $9,400 a year on child care costs.

Elder Care + Home & Community Based Services (HCBS)

Universal Pre-K

  • Only about 23% of Arizona 3- and 4-year-olds have access to publicly-funded preschool; preschool in Arizona costs about $8,600 per year for those who can’t access a publicly-funded program.

  • The Build Back Better Act would allow Arizona to expand access to free preschool for over 134,000 additional 3- and 4-year-olds, and improve the quality of preschool for those already enrolled.

  • The Build Back Better Act would raise wages for child care and pre-k workers, leading to an overall increase in wages of $5.7 million to these Arizona workers.

Clean Energy

Higher Education 

  • Average cost of a 2-year degree in Arizona is $2,591 per year, and $11,816 a year for a 4-year degree.

  • The Build Back Better Act would increase Pell Grant awards by $550 for the 112,180 Arizona students who rely on them.

Paid Leave

Child Hunger

Housing

Health Care

Prescription Drugs

Child Tax Credit + Earned Income Tax Credit 

  • The Build Back Better Act would also continue to provide up to $1,500 in tax cuts for 385,200 working Arizonans by extending the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit.

West Virginia

Child Care

  • The average cost of child care in West Virginia is $5,871 per year; families with two young children spend 22% of their yearly income on child care.

  • West Virginia’s lack of affordable child care options contributes to a 19.8% gender gap in workforce participation between mothers and fathers.

  • Investing in better child care would create and support an estimated 6,010 new jobs over 10 years in West Virginia.

  • The Build Back Better Act would provide child care access to about 94,170 low-income West Virginia children, and ensure families pay no more than 7% of their income for high-quality child care.

  • West Virginia married parents could save on average up to $5,750 a year on child care costs; single parents could save up to $5,850 a year.

Elder Care + Home & Community Based Services (HCBS)

Universal Pre-K

  • Only about 25% of West Virginia 3- and 4-year-olds have access to publicly-funded preschool; preschool in West Virginia costs about $8,600 per year for those who can’t access a publicly-funded program.

  • The Build Back Better Act would allow West Virginia to expand access to free preschool for over 27,753 additional 3- and 4-year-olds, and improve the quality of preschool for those already enrolled.

  • The Build Back Better Act would raise wages for child care and pre-k workers, leading to an overall increase in wages of $5.4 million to these West Virginia workers.

Clean Energy

Higher Education 

  • Average cost of a 2-year degree in West Virginia is $4,413 per year, and $8,733 a year for a 4-year degree.

  • The Build Back Better Act would increase Pell Grant awards by $550 for the 25,206 West Virginia students who rely on them.

Paid Leave

Child Hunger

Housing

Health Care

Prescription Drugs

Child Tax Credit + Earned Income Tax Credit 

  • The Build Back Better Act would also continue to provide up to $1,500 in tax cuts for 103,000 working West Virginians by extending the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit.

Pennsylvania

Child Care

  • The average cost of child care in Pennsylvania is $11,402 per year; families with two young children spend 22% of their yearly income on child care.

  • Pennsylvania’s lack of affordable child care options contributes to a 15% gender gap in workforce participation between mothers and fathers.

  • Investing in better child care could create and support an estimated 22,300 new jobs over 10 years in Pennsylvania.

  • The Build Back Better Act would provide child care access to about 710,000 low-income Pennsylvania children, and ensure families pay no more than 7% of their income for high-quality child care.

  • Pennsylvania married and single parents could save on average up to $11,400 a year on child care costs.

Elder Care + Home & Community Based Services (HCBS)

Universal Pre-K

  • Only about 17% of Pennsylvania 3- and 4-year-olds have access to publicly-funded preschool; preschool in Pennsylvania costs about $8,600 per year for those who can’t access a publicly-funded program.

  • The Build Back Better Act would allow Pennsylvania to expand access to free preschool for over 199,580 additional 3- and 4-year-olds, and improve the quality of preschool for those already enrolled.

  • The Build Back Better Act would raise wages for child care and pre-k workers, leading to an overall increase in wages of $115.3 million to these Pennsylvania workers.

Clean Energy

Higher Education 

  • Average cost of a 2-year degree in Pennsylvania is $5,625 per year, and $15,312 a year for a 4-year degree.

  • The Build Back Better Act would increase Pell Grant awards by $550 for the 160,211 Pennsylvania students who rely on them.

Paid Leave

Child Hunger

Housing

Health Care

New Hampshire

Child Care

  • The average cost of child care in New Hampshire is $12,416 per year; families with two young children spend 21% of their yearly income on child care.

  • New Hampshire’s lack of affordable child care options contributes to a 15.8% gender gap in workforce participation between mothers and fathers.

  • Investing in better child care would create and support an estimated 1,600 new jobs over 10 years in New Hampshire.

  • The Build Back Better Act would provide child care access to about 70,000 low-income New Hampshire children, and ensure families pay no more than 7% of their income for high-quality child care.

  • New Hampshire married and single parents could save on average up to $12,400 a year on child care costs.

Elder Care + Home & Community Based Services (HCBS)

Universal Pre-K

  • Only about 13% of New Hampshire 3- and 4-year-olds have access to publicly-funded preschool; preschool in New Hampshire costs about $8,600 per year for those who can’t access a publicly-funded program.

  • The Build Back Better Act would allow New Hampshire to expand access to free preschool for over 24,091 additional 3- and 4-year-olds, and improve the quality of preschool for those already enrolled.

  • The Build Back Better Act would raise wages for child care and pre-k workers, leading to an overall increase in wages of $10.3 million to these New Hampshire workers.

Clean Energy

Higher Education 

  • Average cost of a 2-year degree in New Hampshire is $7,095 per year, and $17,038 a year for a 4-year degree.

  • The Build Back Better Act would increase Pell Grant awards by $550 for the 82,727 New Hampshire students who rely on them.

Paid Leave

Child Hunger

Housing

Health Care

Prescription Drugs

Child Tax Credit + Earned Income Tax Credit 

  • The Build Back Better Act would also continue to provide up to $1,500 in tax cuts for 66,400 working New Hampshire residents by extending the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit.

Wisconsin

Child Care

  • The average cost of child care in Wisconsin is $10,332 per year; families with two young children spend 20% of their yearly income on child care.

  • Wisconsin’s lack of affordable child care options contributes to a 17% gender gap in workforce participation between mothers and fathers.

  • Investing in better child care would create and support an estimated 11,800 new jobs over 10 years in Wisconsin.

  • The Build Back Better Act would provide child care access to about 359,321 low-income Wisconsin children, and ensure families pay no more than 7% of their income for high-quality child care.

  • Wisconsin married parents could save on average up to $12,700 a year on child care costs; single parents could save up to $12,750 a year.

Elder Care + Home & Community Based Services (HCBS)

Universal Pre-K

  • Only about 29% of Wisconsin 3- and 4-year-olds have access to publicly-funded preschool; preschool in Wisconsin costs about $8,600 per year for those who can’t access a publicly-funded program.

  • The Build Back Better Act would allow Wisconsin to expand access to free preschool for over 84,748 additional 3- and 4-year-olds, and improve the quality of preschool for those already enrolled.

  • The Build Back Better Act would raise wages for child care and pre-k workers, leading to an overall increase in wages of $37.4 million to these Wisconsin workers.

Clean Energy

Higher Education 

  • Average cost of a 2-year degree in Wisconsin is $4,661 per year, and $9,162 a year for a 4-year degree.

  • The Build Back Better Act would increase Pell Grant awards by $550 for the 78,304 Wisconsin students who rely on them.

Paid Leave

Child Hunger

Housing

Health Care

Prescription Drugs

Child Tax Credit + Earned Income Tax Credit 

  • The Build Back Better Act would also continue to provide up to $1,500 in tax cuts for 304,000 working Wisconsin residents by extending the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit.

Nevada

Child Care

  • The average cost of child care in Nevada is $10,238 per year; families with two young children would spend 25% of their yearly income on child care.

  • Nevada’s lack of affordable child care options contributes to a 21.9% gender gap in workforce participation between mothers and fathers.

  • The Build Back Better Act would provide child care access to about 196,000 low-income Nevada children, and ensure families pay no more than 7% of their income for high-quality child care.

  • Nevada married and single parents could save on average up to $10,250 a year on child care costs.

Universal Pre-K

  • Only about 17% of Nevada 3- and 4-year-olds have access to publicly-funded preschool; preschool in Nevada costs about $8,600 per year for those who can’t access a publicly-funded program.

  • The Build Back Better Act would allow Nevada to expand access to free preschool for over 65,000 additional 3- and 4-year-olds, and improve the quality of preschool for those already enrolled.

Clean Energy

Higher Education 

  • Average cost of a 2-year degree in Nevada is $3,803 per year, and $8,548 a year for a 4-year degree.

  • The Build Back Better Act would increase Pell Grant awards by $550 for the 31,636 Nevada students who rely on them.

Paid Leave

Child Hunger

Housing

Health Care

  • The Build Back Better Act would close the Medicaid coverage gap, and help 71,000 uninsured Nevadans get health care coverage.

  • The Build Back Better Act would also extend premium tax credits so that 47,100 Nevadans can continue to save hundreds of dollars a year on premium costs, a national average of $600.

  • The Build Back Better Act could also lead to guaranteed or expanded Medicare coverage of hearing benefits for an estimated 544,000 Nevadans.

Prescription Drugs

Child Tax Credit + Earned Income Tax Credit 

Georgia

Child Care

  • The average cost of child care in Georgia is $7,500 per year; families with two young children spend 8% of their yearly income on child care.

  • Georgia’s lack of affordable child care options contributes to a 19% gender gap in workforce participation between mothers and fathers.

  • The Build Back Better Act would provide child care access to about 630,000 low-income Georgia children, and ensure families pay no more than 7% of their income for high-quality child care.

  • Georgia married and single parents could save on average up to $7,500 a year on child care costs.

Universal Pre-K

  • Only about 30% of Georgia 3- and 4-year-olds have access to publicly-funded preschool; preschool in Georgia costs about $8,600 per year for those who can’t access a publicly-funded program.

  • The Build Back Better Act would allow Georgia to expand access to free preschool for over 183,000 additional 3- and 4-year-olds, and improve the quality of preschool for those already enrolled.

Clean Energy

Higher Education 

  • Average cost of a 2-year degree in Georgia is $4,026 per year, and $8,885 a year for a 4-year degree.

  • The Build Back Better Act would increase Pell Grant awards by $550 for the 195,247 Georgia students who rely on them.

Paid Leave

Child Hunger

Housing

Health Care

  • The Build Back Better Act would close the Medicaid coverage gap, and help 548,000 uninsured Georgians get health care coverage.

  • The Build Back Better Act would also extend premium tax credits so that 262,000 Georgians can continue to save hundreds of dollars a year on premium costs, a national average of $600.

  • The Build Back Better Act could also lead to guaranteed or expanded Medicare coverage of hearing benefits for an estimated 1.7 million Georgians.

Prescription Drugs

Child Tax Credit + Earned Income Tax Credit 

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