November 8, 2021
Last Friday evening, the House of Representatives adopted the bipartisan decision Law on investment in infrastructure and employment, after its adoption in the Senate in August. The legislation will soon be enacted by President Biden, providing a historic investment in our country’s infrastructure – repairing and modernizing our crumbling roads, bridges, and more, while improving productivity, growing our economy and creating well paying jobs.
Here are some of the highlights of this landmark bill, many of which will directly benefit Ohio:
Provides historic investment in nearly 123,000 miles of Ohio highway. Even though Ohio’s road network is vast, congestion costs Ohio motorists an estimated $ 4.7 billion each year in wasted time and wasted fuel, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which ranked Ohio’s highways a “D” in their 2021 infrastructure. report card.
- This package provides for $ 110 billion in new spending over five years to build, rebuild and maintain roads and highways.
- Specifically, this package provides $ 10 billion in highway funding for Ohio, as well as more than $ 33 billion in competitive grants for highway and multimodal projects.
Provides funding to help solve the Brent Spence Bridge and other major Ohio infrastructure projects. Ohio is 2nd in the country for the number of bridges, with 44,736 bridges, nearly half of which are not in good condition.
- The Law on investment in infrastructure and employment provides $ 60 billion, including $ 45 billion through brand new grant programs, to state and local governments to fund major projects in Ohio.
- Envelope provides $ 12.5 billion to fund Portman’s program Bridge investment law, which establishes a Bridge Investment Program to provide competitive grants to states and communities for repair and replacement projects for deficient and obsolete bridges. This program, along with other funding opportunities, can advance the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project once for all.
The commercial aviation industry in Ohio supports 158,094 jobs and contributes $ 13.2 billion to the state’s GDP. The Ohio airport system consists of 7 commercial airports and a total of 176 airports and helipads for public use.
- This package provides $ 25 billion in new funding for airports. Ohio Airports have received more than $ 163 million for airport improvement projects under the COVID Airport Improvement Program, and this program is building on that momentum to further improve terminals, Ohio runways and air traffic control system.
Provides historic new funding to bridge the digital divide
- Currently, over 300,000 Ohio homes, or roughly 1 million Ohio residents, do not have high-speed Internet access.
- The package also establishes grant programs totaling $ 550 million per year to promote digital inclusion efforts in communities that lack the skills, technologies and support to take advantage of broadband connections. This funding can help support ongoing efforts in Ohio to provide every Ohioan with the digital skills needed for a 21st economy of the century.
Addresses per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and lead remediation to improve drinking water quality
- Provides $ 25 billion in funding to combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and to replace lead service lines to ensure communities in Ohio and across the country have access to water. clean and safe drinking water.
, long one of Senator Portman’s key priorities in Ohio
Provides drinking water
Increase eenergetic efficiency
Provides recycling education
- Fully authorizes and funds at $ 15 million per year for five years the bipartisan Act on recycling Senator Portman presented to help educate households and consumers about their residential and community recycling programs, which will help strengthen recycling systems in Ohio and across the country and increase the recycling rate of our country.
Finance reforestation projects on national forest lands
- The bill will remove the current $ 30 million per year cap on the reforestation trust fund, which will help the US Forest Service plant 1.2 billion trees on national forest lands and create nearly 49,000 jobs over the next decade. This provision is based on the bipartisan principle of Senator Portman REPLANT law to remedy the backlog of reforestation of our national forests.
Help complete the Appalachian Development Road System (ADHS)
- The bill will provide $ 1.25 billion to help complete ADHS, a series of highway corridors connecting 13 Appalachian states, from New York to Alabama. Ohio is expected to receive $ 95 million in funding through this law. This provision is based on the bipartisan principle of Senator Portman Complete the Appalachian Development Road Network Act (ADHS) provide the first dedicated funding for the network of transportation corridors across the Appalachians since 2012.
Supports household energy production and reduces carbon pollution
- Make it easier for power plants and industrial facilities to finance the purchase and installation of carbon capture, use and storage equipment, as well as direct air capture (DAC) projects through the use of private activity obligations (PAB). This provision is based on the bipartite principle Carbon Capture Improvement Act Senator Portman presented to facilitate the adoption of carbon capture and direct air capture technologies.
Improves federal authorization process
- Will to improve the federal authorization process and give project developers more certainty by making FAST-41 permanent, which will allow them to create more jobs and develop our country’s infrastructure more efficiently. FAST-41 was introduced by Senator Portman in 2015 as Title 41 of the Fixing the U.S. Surface Transportation Act (FAST) require federal agencies to increase transparency and accountability in the federal licensing process and to better coordinate the licensing process for some of the larger infrastructure projects.
Improves the efficiency of PPP loans
- This package includes a new requirement for applicants to the Transport Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (TIFIA) credit program and Financing of the rehabilitation and improvement of railways (RRIF) loans with a project cost exceeding $ 750 million.
- While Ohio is one of 36 states with legislation promoting P3s, the public-private partnership funding model is severely underutilized. The Law on investment in infrastructure and employment includes this provision, to require a Value for Money Analysis (VfM) for TIFIA and RRIF applicants, to ensure that states give full and fair consideration to PPP funding.
- Additionally, this provision requires the DOT to report this data to Congress, in order to better understand the state’s use of public-private partnerships.
- Provides $ 21 million in funding for the Office of the National Cyber Security Director (NCD) who will provide the NCD with the necessary resources to coordinate the implementation of the national cybersecurity policy and strategy.