For decades, infrastructure in Wisconsin has suffered from a systemic lack of investment. The need for action is clear. And the American Jobs Plan has GREAT plans for Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s infrastructure received a C grade on its Infrastructure Report Card. The American Jobs Plan will make a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure:
- ROADS AND BRIDGES: In Wisconsin there are 198 bridges and over 1,949 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 2.8% in Wisconsin and on average, each driver pays $547 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. The American Jobs Plan will devote more than $600 billion to transform our nations' transportation infrastructure and make it more resilient, including $115 billion repairing roads and bridges.
- PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Wisconsin residents who take public transportation spend an extra 62.7% of their time commuting and non-White households are 5.9 times more likely to commute via public transportation. 29% of trains and other transit vehicles are past useful life. The American Jobs Plan will modernize public transit with an $85 billion investment.
- RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE: From 2010 to 2020, Wisconsin has experienced 16 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $10 billion in damages. The President is calling for $50 billion to improve the resiliency of our infrastructure and support communities’ recovery from disaster.
- DRINKING WATER: Over the next 20 years, Wisconsin’s drinking water infrastructure will require $8.6 billion in additional funding. The American Jobs Plan includes a $111 billion investment to ensure clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.
- HOUSING: In part due to a lack of available and affordable housing, 327,000 renters in Wisconsin are rent burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent. The President proposes investing over $200 billion to increase housing supply and address the affordable housing crisis.
- BROADBAND: More than 13.9% of Wisconsin residents live in areas where, by one definition, there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds. And 69% of Wisconsin residents live in areas where there is only one such provider. Moreover, even where infrastructure is available, broadband may be too expensive to be within reach. Approximately 14% of Wisconsin households do not have an internet subscription. The American Jobs Plan will invest $100 billion to bring universal, reliable, high-speed, and affordable coverage to every family in America.
- CAREGIVING: Across the country, hundreds of thousands of older adults and people with disabilities are in need of home and community-based services. The President’s plan will invest $400 billion to help more people access care and improve the quality of caregiving jobs.
- CHILD CARE: In Wisconsin, there is an estimated $836 million in what schools need to do maintenance and make improvements and 54% of residents live in a child care desert. The American Jobs Plan will modernize our nation’s schools and early learning facilities and build new ones in neighborhoods across Wisconsin and the country.
- MANUFACTURING: Manufacturers account for more than 18.79% of total output in Wisconsin, employing 474,000 workers, or 15.89% of the state’s workforce. The American Jobs Plan will invest $300 billion to retool and revitalize American manufacturers, including providing incentives for manufacturers to invest in innovative energy projects in coal communities.
- HOME ENERGY: In Wisconsin, an average low-income family spends 6-8% of their income on home energy costs forcing tough choices between paying energy bills and buying food, medicine or other essentials. The American Jobs Plan will upgrade low-income homes to make them more energy efficient 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 support home energy upgrades.
- CLEAN ENERGY JOBS: Wisconsin has outsized potential for innovative energy technologies including carbon capture and sequestration and geothermal energy generation, that create good paying union jobs. As of 2019, there were 76,685 Wisconsin residents working in clean energy, and the American Jobs Plan invests in building that industry through a reformed and expended Section 45Q tax credit and extending renewable energy tax credits.
- VETERANS HEALTH: Wisconsin is home to over 363,898 veterans, 7.94% of who are women and 52.94% who are over the age of 65. The President is calling for $18 billion to improve the infrastructure of VA health care facilities to ensure the delivery of world-class, state of the art care to veterans enrolled in the VA health care system. This includes improvements to ensure appropriate care for women and older veterans.
Contact your members of Congress and tell them you support the American Jobs Plan by calling the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or:
SENATOR RON JOHNSON
District Office 920-230-7250
Milwaukee Office 414-276-7282
Madison Office 608-240-9629
Washington DC Office 202-224-5323
SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN
District Office 414-297-4451
Toll Free WI Residents 1-800-247-5645
Madison Office 608-264-5338
LaCrosse Office 608-796-0045
Eau Claire Office 715-832-8424
Ashland Office 715-450-3754
Green Bay Office 920-498-2668
Washington DC Office 202-224-5653
Outside of Wisconsin, call the Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Representative Bryan Steil
District Office (608) 752-4050
Kenosha Office 262-654-1901
Racine Office 262-637-0510
Washington DC Office 202-225-3031