- The Biden White House said Texas has fallen short not just on highways and bridges but affordable housing and broadband deployment.
The Biden Administration this week issued state-by-state report cards as part of its effort to pass the president's $2.25 trillion infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan. While Texas' grade wouldn't exactly make Mom proud, it's worth noting that no state earned higher than a C+.
Texas' report card tweaks it for a "systemic lack of investment," a phrase used across all the states' individual report cards. Among the infrastructure shortcomings highlighted in Texas' report:
- The state has 818 bridges and some 19,400 miles of highway in poor condition. Commute times are also up 11.4% since 2011.
- Due to a lack affordable housing, more than 1.7 million Texans are rent burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their incomes to put a roof over their heads.
- More than 12% of Texans live in areas where broadband internet access is unavailable.
- The state experienced 67 extreme weather events from 2010 to 2020, costing it up to $200 billion in damages due its lack of climate resiliency.
Texas was one of 12 states that got a C on the Biden report cards, while another 21 earned a grade of C-. Just two landed a C+. The White House slapped six states with grades of D+ to D-, while eight states got no letter grade. No state received an F.
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