Ruppersberger: American Jobs Plan Will Help Address Urgent Needs in Maryland
(Timonium, MD) – Today, Congressman Ruppersberger highlighted Maryland’s urgent infrastructure needs – including more than 2,200 miles of road and 273 bridges in disrepair – that will be addressed by the Administration’s proposed “American Jobs Plan.” The $2.3 trillion investment plan will create millions of new jobs while reforming the corporate tax system to reward companies that help grow the domestic economy – offsetting costs.
In addition to transportation, the American Jobs Plan makes historic investments in broadband, drinking water systems, housing, veterans’ facilities, childcare, manufacturing and climate resiliency.
“For far too long, we have neglected Maryland’s critical infrastructure needs – from schools that lack air conditioning to communities like Ellicott City that are unprepared for increasingly severe weather events,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “The American Jobs Plan is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create millions of good-paying jobs while bringing our infrastructure into the 21st century.”
Maryland received a “C” grade on its Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, which identified deficiencies that require immediate attention. According to the Administration, Maryland is home to:
- 23 percent of trains and other transit vehicles that are past their useful life;
- 353,000 renters who pay more than 30 percent of their income in rent due to shortages in affordable housing units;
- $9.3 billion in needed upgrades to ensure safe drinking water;
- 51 percent of families that live in childcare “deserts;”
- 389,600 veterans who rely on deteriorating VA facilities.
“The American Jobs Plan will target these infrastructure needs and more as we begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession. It will also lay the foundation for future economic growth and ensure our nation is competitive in the global economy for decades to come,” Congressman Ruppersberger said.
As Baltimore County Executive, Congressman Ruppersberger invested heavily in infrastructure, building new parks, schools and roads – leaving the county with three AAA bond ratings and 38,000 new jobs, compared to 800 created by his predecessor.