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State Leaders Criticize Biden's Broad Infrastructure Package

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An electric vehicle charges at a station. Biden is proposing $174 billion in spending on boosting the electric vehicle market.

President Biden’s?"American Jobs Plan”?is a $2 trillion proposal that dedicates at least $1 trillion on a number of broad ranging infrastructure projects. ?? 

Some South Dakota Republican leaders are publicly criticizing the plan.? 

Biden’s jobs plan  calls for?an investment in traditional infrastructure like roads and bridges.  It also includes $400 billion dollars to expand home or community-based care for the elderly and people with disabilities.? 

Representative Dusty Johnson says Biden’s plan is?too?expensive.?? 

“I think he’s defining infrastructure a lot more broadly,” Johnson says. “I think he’s kind of throwing everything into the infrastructure bucket.” 

The White House says the plan costs?around $2?trillion.?The money will come from an increased  corporate tax rate?of 28 percent.? 

Governor Kristi Noem?told Fox News the initiative would hurt American families.? 

“I was shocked by how much?doesn't go into infrastructure. It goes into research and development. It?goes into housing and pipes and different initiatives... green energy.”? 

Some say the definition of infrastructure needs to be more flexible. ? 

Joe Santos is?an economist in the Department of Economics at South Dakota State University.? 

“Often, we think of it as?something that the government would be a part of if only because?of, often,?the difficulty in establishing these sorts of projects and creating the sort of the investment flows to fund these sorts of projects.” 

The American Society of Civil Engineers reports that deteriorating roads in?South Dakota  cost?drivers $562 per year. The organization reports that  17?percent?of the state’s bridges are rated as structurally deficient.?Ninety dams have a high-hazard potential.?The group estimates the state needs a $730 million investment in drinking water infrastructure.? 

Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.