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blm

(113,382 posts)
Thu Aug 26, 2021, 01:59 PM Aug 2021

JeffJackson (NC Dem for US Senate) on importance of passing infrastructure bill:

“Jeff, it’s about water.”

That’s what I love about mayors - they always cut to the chase.

People tell you what they want. Mayors tell you what they’ve *gotta* have.

We just finished eight town halls in counties east of I-95, and we heard a clear theme from the mayors who joined us: water, sewer, and broadband.

Yes roads, yes bridges - but water, sewer, and broadband. They’re overlooked because they’re underground, but they’re crucial to creating so many other opportunities.

You can lump them together and call them “subsurface infrastructure,” but it’s really about laying an economic foundation. And if you’re missing one piece, you’re not going to build much on top of it.

Example: People talk about the lack of affordable rental options. Then the mayor says, “We can’t build an apartment complex on a well and a septic tank. Gotta have water and sewer. That’s what’s holding us back.”

Then someone asks, “How can we keep young people from leaving?” Before I can answer, a mayor says, “Can’t keep ‘em here without broadband. Just not possible. Gotta have it.”

These things are expensive, and lots of our rural counties don’t have the tax base to really build out water and sewer on their own. They need state and federal partners to do it.

But here’s the thing: We spent $2 trillion in Afghanistan. And the vast majority of that was unnecessary.

If just 0.5% of those funds had found their way to the rural counties east of I-95 (or west of Asheville, for that matter), you’d have a brand new economic foundation across the entire region. Water, sewer, and broadband would be strong enough to support all kinds of business growth, from entrepreneurs to major industries.

You’d be looking at a dramatic upgrade in the economy of the region. Lives would be much better, and probably longer.

And that’s roughly the amount that we’re slated to get as a state if the bipartisan infrastructure bill passes. But here’s the thing: It’s going to be spread across the whole state.

(Incidentally, all three of our state’s GOP Senate candidates said they would have voted against it - because it’s too big of an investment.)

Bottom-line: If this infrastructure bill passes, we’re going to be able to make large investments in our state. That’s a good thing and it’s going to mean a lot for a lot of people. But we’re still going to have major unmet infrastructure needs, particularly in rural counties. Finding ways to help those counties invest in their economic foundations is going to remain a priority.

And that means mayors need to keep telling senators what they need, and we need senators who will listen.

- Jeff Jackson

Jackson just posted this on FB, probably Twitter, too.

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JeffJackson (NC Dem for US Senate) on importance of passing infrastructure bill: (Original Post) blm Aug 2021 OP
Niagara Aug 2021 #1
Thanks. I like when Dems campaign like this. Simple blm Aug 2021 #3
You're welcome. Niagara Aug 2021 #4
People act like it's boring, but, I think that blm Aug 2021 #5
I don't believe that too many people here on DU Niagara Aug 2021 #9
Not most of DU, but most of media. blm Aug 2021 #10
This is why when I see posters calling the bi-partisan infrastructure bill a corporate bill. Demsrule86 Aug 2021 #2
We have been under-investing in infrastructure for decades Poiuyt Aug 2021 #6
Exactly. This is 4 decades of catch up. blm Aug 2021 #8
He is so good. n/t ms liberty Aug 2021 #7

blm

(113,382 posts)
5. People act like it's boring, but, I think that
Thu Aug 26, 2021, 09:27 PM
Aug 2021

the nation’s entire future depends on it passing. Democrats can’t ignore this and expect to win elections in 2022-24.

Niagara

(8,336 posts)
9. I don't believe that too many people here on DU
Thu Aug 26, 2021, 10:54 PM
Aug 2021

Is going to find this boring, or at least I certainly hope they don't. Generally, we know or should know how imperative this bill is.



While I was reading your OP, it reminded me of a lesson that I read once and I currently can't find it. I'll try again tomorrow after I've had some sleep.



blm

(113,382 posts)
10. Not most of DU, but most of media.
Thu Aug 26, 2021, 11:40 PM
Aug 2021

The only way they can find interest in it is if they can use it to fuel a rift between Democrats.

Demsrule86

(69,358 posts)
2. This is why when I see posters calling the bi-partisan infrastructure bill a corporate bill.
Thu Aug 26, 2021, 04:58 PM
Aug 2021

it makes me really angry. It is an important bill and if it doesn't pass we will undoubtedly lose the House. We may anyway of course, but at least give Democrats in moderate districts a fighting chance. We lose the House and we get nothing going forward.

Poiuyt

(18,162 posts)
6. We have been under-investing in infrastructure for decades
Thu Aug 26, 2021, 09:40 PM
Aug 2021

It's about time we're doing this.

BTW, if we hadn't been neglecting it for so long, we wouldn't need such a big bill. But we didn't, so we do.

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