On Tuesday, President Biden is travelling to Minnesota to promote his $1-trillion infrastructure law and urge lawmakers to pass a separate $1.75-trillion spending measure before a new version of COVID-19 is released.
Biden will travel to Rosemount, MN for a speech at Dakota County Technical College. Students in attendance can pursue programs that train workers and technicians on how they’re needed most by the infrastructure law supported through their work environment.
Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, told reporters that the president will focus on how the law will “deliver tangible results for communities, create good-paying union jobs, and position America for winning in the twenty-first century.
She said Dakota County Tech, which serves 2,900 credit students and 10 thousand non-credit attendees annually is an excellent example for other schools in America. They provide training to future workers who will grow our country’s infrastructure while also rebuilding it themselves.
According to the White House, the $1.75-trillion “Build Back Better” spending measure, coupled with $24 billion in infrastructure investments, will prepare millions of workers for high-quality jobs in growing economic sectors, as outlined in the infrastructure law.
Joe Biden fought to include two years of free community college in the massive spending package, but that funding was cut by moderate Democrats who were more concerned about cost than education.
The recent budget includes $5 billion for community colleges to expand workforce training programs in partnership with employers, unions and public systems. $5 billion will go towards creating large-scale skills development opportunities targeted at high demand sectors including clean energy manufacturing caregiving education or other areas where there are shortages of qualified applicants.
Specifically, Minnesota will receive about $4.5 billion in federal highway aid, about $302 million toward bridge reconstruction, and $818 million towards public infrastructure improvement, according to the White House.
Besides, the money will be used to expand a network to charge electric vehicles and provide residents with access to high-speed internet.