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White House Infrastructure Coordinator talks spending in Alaska

Published: May. 23, 2022 at 4:50 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - It’s been just over six months since the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, became law in the U.S.

The bill, approved by Alaska’s congressional delegation, is designed to put $1.2 trillion into projects around the country.

Mitch Landrieu, the White House Infrastructure Coordinator, talked with KTVF/KXDF for an update on its progress.

Since the act’s passage, $110 billion has been allocated to fund more than 4300 projects in all 50 states.

More than one billion dollars have already been allocated to Alaska for a variety of efforts, including universal access to high-speed internet.

Landrieu explained, “Electrical vehicle charging stations, for example, are going to get laid all across Alaska so that when people begin to drive in the new, fantastic, battery-operated cars, they’re actually going to have someplace to plug in. Ferries are really important to the people in Alaska, and there’s a significant amount of money in the transportation bill for ferries, and then there’s a fairly significant set-aside for all of the tribal communities across all of these different platforms.”

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