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Coverage Roundup: Build Back Better Gives Americans Hope

Stories from across the country are pouring in showing that President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats’ Build Back Better agenda will create an economy that gives working people a fair shot, restores fairness to our tax code, and makes investments that grow the economy for years to come

The plan prioritizes people over corporations and work over wealth, which is why Americans are excited for the opportunity to not just build back, but build back better.

Here’s what parents, workers, and communities are reading about President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda:

OHIO:

Akron Beacon Journal – 18 Ideas In Akron To Start Spending $145 Million In Federal Aid. Here’s What’s On The List

  • “Akron city leaders want to start spending $145 million in federal stimulus funds to help qualified applicants buy and repair homes, eradicate lead water lines, disrupt crime, expand access to health care, support small businesses and add recreational options.”

Akron Beacon Journal – Akron Mayor On Plan For Federal Stimulus: ‘It’s Time To Execute’ 

  • “Shovel-ready” plans aimed at racial inequities — from eradicating lead in waterlines to supporting minority businesses, incentivizing affordable housing and giving out thousands of doorbell cameras in high-crime areas — are at the front of the line. Mayor Dan Horrigan will make those plans clearer in the coming weeks when City Council gets an amended budget.”

PENNSYLVANIA:

Pennsylvania Capital Star Opinion – To build back the Keystone State, Congress needs to pass Biden’s domestic agenda

  • “President Biden’s Build Back Better Act is the kind of historic investment that we need to prevent the worst effects of climate change, and also to establish America as a global leader in clean technology and build the foundation of our future economic prosperity. And we can’t afford to wait.”’

90.5 WESA – There Will Be Millions More In Funds To Help Pennsylvanians Who Need Heating Assistance This Winter

  • “We’re pretty happy with the expansions and we’ll have to make sure that people know they can get LIHEAP assistance – and early this year…it’s a very good thing,” said Elizabeth Marx, executive director of the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project, which aids low-income consumers”

ARIZONA:

Arizona Daily Star – Letter: Build Back Better Project

  • “Now is the opportunity to act. Seventy-one percent of people back investment in climate action. It’s time for Congress, including Senators Kelly and Sinema, to uphold this promise to Arizonans and the American people.”

KJZZ – USDA Loans Could Help Drought-Stricken Arizona Ranchers And Farmers

  • “[US Secretary of Agriculture] added, “It’s a very flexible effort here on the part of the [Biden] administration and on the part of Congress to try to provide as much help and assistance given the magnitude of the drought.”” 

WISCONSIN:

The Cap Times – It’s time to build back better for Wisconsin working families

  • “Urge Johnson to prioritize the needs of Wisconsin’s working families over the ultra-rich and the country’s wealthiest corporations by lowering the costs for care and delivering on historic tax cuts for middle-class families so we can rebuild the working class.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Wauwatosa Is Getting $24 Million In Federal Pandemic Relief Funds. Now, They’ll Have To Decide How To Spend It

  • “Some eligible uses include supporting the public health response to the pandemic, replacing public sector revenues lost from the pandemic, investing in water and sewer infrastructure, addressing negative economic impacts from the pandemic, financial support for essential workers and investing in broadband infrastructure.”

Up North News: Op-Ed – ‘You Don’t Speak for Me,’ Small Business Owner Tells Lobbyists Opposing Biden’s Agenda

  • “I support investments in the care economy that make early childhood education, child care, and dependent care more affordable and accessible to all families. These investments would bring more people into the workforce, which I welcome as a small business owner who thrives when there is a more robust, diverse employment pool.”

NEVADA:

Nevada Public Radio – What Build Back Better Might Look Like In Nevada

  • “‘This state and the county have already made historic commitments to transition to clean energy and fight the climate crisis,’ [Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones] said, ‘and the Build Back Better Act is really our best opportunity at the national level to advance those changes in clean energy and fight the climate crisis.’”

FLORIDA:

Orlando Sentinel – Building Back Better Means Making Housing Affordable For All | Commentary

  • “President Joe Biden was elected on a promise to improve life for working and middle class families, and a big part of that promise was to ensure that everyone had an affordable place to live. Under President Biden’s Build Back Better plan, our country would make historic investments to lower housing costs, increase the supply of affordable housing units, upgrade existing public housing properties, and retrofit thousands of homes by removing harmful lead paint.”

GEORGIA:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Georgia Democrats rally behind Biden’s social policy initiatives

  • “They have to pass this bill. We cannot build back better if we don’t do the right thing,” [HUD Secretary Fudge] said. “We can’t build back better if we don’t have broadband in every single house. We can’t build back better when children are still being poisoned by lead.”

Athens Banner-Herald – Athens’ COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Program Gets More Funding, Area Vaccination Rate Under 50%

  • “After initially funding the program in August with $250,000, commissioners voted to allocate an additional $100,000 for the gift card program. This program would give $100 gift cards per dose to newly vaccinated individuals who live, work, or attend school in Athens-Clarke County.”

Decaturish.com – DeKalb County To Use American Rescue Funds To Improve 20 Parks 

  • “Improving systems will improve neighborhood issues downstream,” said Terry. “The reality is climate change is here. The call to action to address the impacts of climate change are even more present in our daily lives, especially if we live in neighborhoods where the infrastructure and the stormwater engineering is crumbling or was built decades ago, without the current day standards.”

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