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Reader supports American Jobs plan

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines infrastructure as the system of public works of a country, state, or region and/or the resources such as personnel, buildings, or equipment required for an activity.

On March 31, the Biden administration released the American Jobs Plan, a bold initiative designed to rebuild our country’s infrastructure, create millions of good jobs, and help the U.S. compete in an ever-changing global market.

It is an investment in America being compared to the building of our interstate highway system and the race to the moon.

The U.S. is the wealthiest nation in the world yet we rank 13th when it comes to our overall infrastructure. Too many Americans lack access to clean drinking water, affordable, reliable high speed internet, quality housing and more.

Unfortunately the pandemic has revealed these inadequacies across the board.

Women have been profoundly affected after seeing years of progress in work force participation. We’ve also fallen behind other countries in research and development, manufacturing and training.

President Biden’s plan prioritizes investments to minority and rural communities which have been neglected for decades. This is especially important for West Virginia and its eventual transition away from a fossil fuel based economy.

Highlights of the bill include fixing our dilapidated highways, rebuilding bridges, and upgrading airports and transit systems. Also included are plans to deliver clean drinking water, high speed broadband, and a renewed electric grid. The high speed broadband to rural areas should excite anyone who’s tried to learn or do business remotely.

Modernizing our nation’s schools, upgrading veteran’s hospitals and federal buildings, creating jobs for our essential healthcare workers and raising wages and benefits for these workers, securing the U.S. supply chains, and training Americans for the jobs of the future are also part of the bill.

It’s a big bold initiative for sure, but something America desperately needs. To pay for this plan the corporate tax rate would be raised from 21% to 28% which is still in line with corporate tax rates in most countries. Twenty-eight percent is well below the rate corporations paid during the Regan, Bush, and Clinton eras.

A recent study found that 91 of the Fortune 500 companies paid $0 in federal taxes. It’s past time that these companies started paying their fair share since the folks they employ keep their businesses going. There are also provisions in the bill to close the loop holes a number of corporations use to avoid paying taxes.

To read the entire bill in detail go to www.whitehouse.gov for the American Jobs Plan fact sheet. Then, call Senators Manchin and Capito and ask them to support the bill that would help so many of their constituents.

More than 65% of Americans are in favor of the plan, Democrats and Republicans alike.

As American citizens we’ve never shied away from progress and embracing the future. It’s time our representatives in Congress do what’s in the best interest of American citizens and support the American Jobs Plan. Together we can “Build Back Better.”

Cindy Stemple

Elkins

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