In a new editorialNorth Carolina Democratic Party President Bobbie Richardson recalls her life on the family farm in Franklin County and the impact President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law will have on rural communities in the State. The law, signed last Monday, will create millions of well-paying jobs, make necessary improvements to roads and bridges and help provide high-speed internet to more households. Despite the fact that these investments will spur economic growth and create new opportunities for workers and businesses, President Richardson points out that every Republican candidate for the US Senate opposes the law.
Daily reflector: Bobbie Richardson: Rural economies will benefit from Bill Biden
- Growing up in rural Franklin County, it was common to drive on an unpaved dirt road. My pastor used to joke with visitors that he had to wash their cars after they got to church. I remember taking the school bus every morning on bumpy roads, dotted with holes that would fill with mud when it rained. There were many days we were stuck on the way to school. While driving around my family’s farm, my father’s truck crackled and bounced on the dirt and gravel roads. Even some paved roads hadn’t been redone in decades, leaving dozens of spots and potholes that make hydroplaning far too easy.
- That’s why for my family and families in rural communities like the one I grew up in, when President Biden enacted the infrastructure package this week, it meant so much more than just fixing roads and bridges. It is about making easier and safer access to work, to school and to the doctor. This is to make sure the letter carrier can deliver your medications, correspondence from friends and family, and other essentials. This is to ensure that delivery trucks can provide the resources that local businesses need.
- For us, infrastructure means opportunity.
- Today, I still live in Franklin County. One of the many challenges I face is the unreliable internet. There are hundreds of thousands of homes in North Carolina, especially in rural areas, that do not have high speed internet access.
- This is not a new problem. For decades, infrastructure in North Carolina has suffered from a systemic lack of investment, disproportionately harming rural communities. President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure deal will help put our local economies back in motion and get people back to work. It will add millions of well-paying U.S. jobs by improving the roads, bridges, water systems, and high-speed internet our country and state need, boost economic growth, and strengthen U.S. competitiveness.
- Democrats have made a historic investment in our economic future, but all three Republican candidates for the US Senate have opposed bipartisan legislation. Ted Budd, Pat McCrory and Mark Walker’s opposition to these essential investments disqualifies families like mine whose lives will be improved thanks to the desperately needed investments included in this legislation.
- North Carolina is expected to receive more than $ 7 billion for highway programs, $ 457 million for bridge replacement and repairs, $ 910 million to improve transit options and $ 100 million to expand l ‘High-speed Internet. Thanks to Democrats, communities in North Carolina will be healthier, better connected, and on track to win the economic competition of the 21st century.
- President Biden vowed to work across the aisle and forge consensus to get results – and he did exactly that. Rural communities will be better off.