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Sen. Klobuchar outlines how Biden's infrastructure plan could help Minnesotans

The White House says the proposal unveiled Wednesday is part of a two-pronged plan, with President Biden expected to announce a so-called "American Family Plan" next month.

Posted: Mar 31, 2021 11:36 PM
Updated: Apr 1, 2021 9:35 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - After President Biden announced an ambitious $2 trillion proposal to revitalize American infrastructure, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is outlining how the American Jobs Plan could help people across the North Star State.

The White House says the plan will create millions of jobs and rebuild infrastructure, a top priority for local governments across Southeast Minnesota. President Biden calls this a "once-in-a-generation investment" that is bold but doable.

Senator Klobuchar tells KIMT after decades of decay, the plan's $2 trillion price tag is warranted in order to build infrastructure that meets the needs of our 21st century economy.

"None of this is going to happen without a significant investment in our infrastructure," Klobuchar said. "You just can't put this together with band-aids and duct tape anymore. That's not how you fix a pothole or build a bridge."

The City of Rochester says it spends about $9 million each year fixing streets, however officials project they're still facing an annual shortfall of $23 million to meet road repair needs over the next 50 years.

The senator says it's been too long since cities like Rochester got enough help from the federal government to maintain infrastructure.

"Having just hit a few potholes in Rochester over the last few weeks, I'm well aware of that. And I think we have literally gone too long without major help from the federal government."

Other elements for President Biden's plan look to fund construction of affordable housing units, public transit systems, and provide high-speed broadband to all Americans. Klobuchar says many Minnesotans are still in need of sufficient internet access.

"That will literally get us to 100% connection," Senator Klobuchar said. "A certainly in some of the areas surrounding the Rochester region, we still don't have internet in 16% of households in Minnesota. That's about 144,000 families that's high speed enough. And certainly we've seen this during the pandemic."

In order to pay for The American Jobs Plan, the White House says it wants to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, and work with other countries to implement a global minimum tax for multinational corporations.

The White House adds the proposal unveiled Wednesday is part of a two-pronged plan, with President Biden expected to announce a so-called "American Family Plan" next month.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 603760

Reported Deaths: 7605
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1247651771
Ramsey52437895
Dakota46772469
Anoka42693458
Washington27391290
Stearns22545224
St. Louis18120311
Scott17536134
Wright16400148
Olmsted13386102
Sherburne1199494
Carver1065848
Clay825492
Rice8186110
Blue Earth762343
Crow Wing681194
Kandiyohi667185
Chisago619152
Otter Tail585684
Benton582798
Goodhue483373
Douglas475381
Mower470733
Winona460851
Itasca458663
Isanti439564
McLeod429161
Morrison424361
Nobles407950
Beltrami406960
Steele397416
Polk388872
Becker386555
Lyon363853
Carlton352556
Freeborn346832
Pine335023
Nicollet330945
Mille Lacs311454
Brown307840
Le Sueur297125
Todd285632
Cass285532
Meeker263042
Waseca237823
Martin234932
Roseau210721
Wabasha20783
Hubbard196041
Dodge18773
Renville182346
Redwood176338
Houston174016
Cottonwood167124
Wadena162422
Fillmore157410
Faribault154319
Chippewa153838
Pennington153820
Kanabec146828
Sibley146810
Aitkin138637
Watonwan13589
Rock128719
Jackson122612
Pipestone116626
Yellow Medicine114920
Pope11296
Murray107010
Swift106918
Koochiching94617
Stevens92411
Clearwater89016
Marshall88717
Wilkin83112
Lake82920
Lac qui Parle75622
Big Stone6044
Grant5938
Lincoln5843
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Cook1720

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Reported Deaths: 6041
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Polk58186638
Linn21181339
Scott20287246
Black Hawk16065312
Woodbury15227230
Johnson1460585
Dubuque13496211
Dallas1128499
Pottawattamie11214173
Story1070848
Warren583591
Clinton561393
Cerro Gordo553193
Sioux516974
Webster514494
Muscatine4875106
Marshall486376
Des Moines466970
Wapello4333122
Buena Vista426140
Jasper420872
Plymouth402981
Lee381756
Marion365976
Jones300857
Henry294137
Bremer287760
Carroll286752
Boone268334
Crawford267840
Benton258755
Washington256751
Dickinson249344
Mahaska232251
Jackson225242
Clay216527
Kossuth216166
Tama211671
Delaware210943
Winneshiek197735
Page194522
Buchanan193033
Cedar192023
Hardin187344
Fayette186443
Wright185940
Hamilton181751
Harrison179973
Clayton171057
Butler165935
Madison164519
Mills163324
Floyd163042
Cherokee159338
Lyon158841
Poweshiek156936
Allamakee152652
Hancock150134
Iowa149824
Winnebago144331
Cass139255
Calhoun138913
Grundy137133
Emmet135841
Jefferson133535
Shelby131537
Sac130720
Union129935
Louisa129749
Appanoose129049
Mitchell126643
Chickasaw124517
Franklin123323
Guthrie123032
Humboldt119526
Palo Alto113623
Howard105022
Montgomery103638
Clarke100924
Keokuk96432
Monroe96230
Unassigned9540
Ida91535
Adair87332
Pocahontas85822
Davis85225
Monona82931
Osceola79016
Greene78011
Lucas77923
Worth7598
Taylor66712
Fremont6269
Decatur6159
Ringgold56324
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Wayne54423
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Adams3444
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