A story by the Miami Herald’s Alex Daugherty last updated today gives an overview of the billions of dollars that will be invested in the State of Florida thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act once it is signed into law by President Biden.
Not a single Florida Republican in either chamber of Congress voted for this transformative bill, which will boost our economy, help fight climate change and repair and expand our state’s infrastructure.
These are some key quotes:
“In Florida, the White House estimates that $13.1 billion would be spent to rebuild and modernize Florida’s highways with an additional $245 million for bridge replacement and repairs. The White House cited data from the American Society of Civil Engineers that said 3,584 miles of highway and 408 bridges in Florida are in poor condition.”
“The White House also said Florida expects to receive $2.6 billion over five years to improve public transit. And the state would get $198 million over five years to expand an electric vehicle charging network, with an opportunity to apply for $2.5 billion more in grants to further expand EV charging stations.”
“Florida would get $100 million to expand broadband internet coverage across the state, which the White House says would give internet access to more than 700,000 Floridians who currently do not have it. An additional 6.5 million Floridians, or anyone with an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty line (about $25,500 for an individual in 2021), would be eligible for a $30 a month internet subsidy under the bill.”
“The state will receive $1.6 billion over five years to improve drinking water infrastructure, $26 million to protect against wildfires, $29 million to protect against cyberattacks and $1.2 billion for airports.”