White House aims sales pitch for infrastructure plan at the states

Highway 11 in Hazel Green, Wis.
Highway 11 in Hazel Green, Wis. (Corey Coyle, (CC BY 3.0) CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s 7,540 miles of highway roads in poor condition. Florida’s $100 billion in damages over the last decade from extreme weather events. The 1 in 4 Idahoans with no access to broadband internet, and 1 in 2 living in areas with too-few licensed child care centers.

Wisconsin’s infrastructure received a C grade on its Infrastructure Report Card, up from failing grades in various infrastructure reports in the past. In Wisconsin there are 198 bridges and more than 1,949 miles of highway in poor condition. Sixteen extreme weather events over the past decade cost the state $10 billion.

On broadband in Wisconsin, the a report released by the White House reads, “More than 13.9% of Wisconsin residents live in areas where, by one definition, there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds. And 69% of Wisconsin residents live in areas where there is only one such provider.” Touting a proposed federal investment of $100 billion in broadband, the White House notes that more than 13.9% of Wisconsin residents live in areas where, by one definition, there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds.