President Biden came to Kansas City this week to promote his $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill signed into law last month. In his speech, he said America became a global leader because of its willingness to invest in itself, but China and the rest of the world are catching up. He said his infrastructure bill would provide good-paying jobs and economic opportunities, 95% of which don’t require a college degree.
Missouri is expected to receive $6.4 billion in highway funds and $484 million for investments in bridges. Missouri is also expected to receive $866 million to eradicate lead from drinking water systems as a September study found 80% of children in Missouri had some amounts of lead in their blood.
The federal infrastructure bill also included $89 billion for local transit projects over the next five years with $5.6 billion earmarked for low-or zero-emission vehicles and hundreds of millions to expand broadband services to disconnected rural areas and low-income families that can’t afford internet access.