White House pitches infrastructure bill to help Massachusetts

BOSTON — The proposed $115 billion for road and bridge repairs from President Joe Biden’s jobs bill will be useful for the Bay State. This bill will cut into the backlog of 472 bridges and more than 1,194 miles of highway currently in poor condition.

The Biden administration is working to sell its more than $2 trillion economic stimulus packages to Congress by highlighting the state-by-state needs for investment that includes anything from housing to drinking water. The proposal would be funded by new taxes imposed on corporations.

The White House reports that commutes throughout the Bay State are 10.9 percent longer since 2011, and every driver pays approximately $620 on car repairs due to driving each year.

The Biden administration also pointed out that public transit riders have spent an extra 52.5 percent of their time community, with non-white households two times more likely to take public transportation to work. The president is proposing $600 million to transportation infrastructure, including $85 billion for public transit.

Gov. Baker and former Speak Robert DeLeo were among many Massachusetts leaders calling for major investment in climate resiliency with plans to generate over $1 billion over the next decade.

For a full list of other needs in Massachusetts that were flagged by the White House, click here.