Two Years of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Maryland
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 8th, 2023
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TWO YEARS OF PRESIDENT BIDEN’S BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAW IN MARYLAND
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Next Wednesday marks the two-year anniversary of President Biden signing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This legislation has invested $2.5 billion dollars to modernize Maryland’s roads, bridges, public transit, ports, and airports, and $307 million dollars to improve Maryland’s water infrastructure.
Ahead of the anniversary, Building Back Together Executive Director Mayra Macías released the following statement:
“Over the past two years, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has become a driving force behind infrastructure development, job creation, and environmental sustainability. Since its enactment, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has created new high-paying and union job opportunities all across the country and fueled a manufacturing renaissance not seen in a generation.
But perhaps most of all, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a testament to the power of bipartisan cooperation and the potential to address pressing challenges. As we celebrate its two-year anniversary, we look forward to continued progress and the enduring impact it will have on our nation for generations to come.”
Maryland is already seeing major impacts thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed into law by President Biden:
- About 255,000 Maryland households are saving on their monthly internet bill thanks to the Affordable Connectivity Program.
- $80.6 million has been invested to remove Maryland’s lead pipes throughout the state. According to the National Resources Defense Council, there are an estimated 74,000 lead service lines in the state.
- Maryland has seen the largest dedicated investment to its roads and bridges since the creation of the interstate highway system. In Maryland, 251 bridges and more than 2,261 miles of highway in poor condition — and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has already made $2 billion in investments for roads, bridges, and other major road safety projects.
Read more about the impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in local media:
But with fuel efficiency increasing and nine times the number of electric vehicles on Maryland’s roads since 2016, the state is seeking solutions on how to pay for transportation projects as gas consumption dwindles. On Thursday, the extent of the problem was made clear in Annapolis during the first meeting of a newly authorized commission. One source of funding that is not projected to taper off in the short term are federal funds, which are allocated as a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed and signed into law by President Joe Biden in November 2021.
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In June, Gov. Wes Moore (D) announced that Maryland will be receiving $268 million from the federal government to build out broadband to the unserved and underserved communities in our state. This would bridge the digital divide that makes it very difficult for many of our marginalized communities to connect to the internet at the necessary speeds. These funds are part of the $40 billion that was included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that was passed in 2022.
BGE has been awarded a grant of $15.4 million to enhance electric grid reliability through the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, according to staff for the gas and electric company… 20 schools, two libraries, three healthcare providers, two higher education institutions, nine community centers, one police station, one fire station, and 12 other institutions will have access to improved broadband service when the project is completed in 2027.