All posts tagged: build back better

A big problem with the “Civilian Climate Corps”

By Monica Chen On social media, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has been pushing for the “Civilian Climate Corps” and its inclusion in the $2 trillion Build Back Better Act. But more than a joint project between AmeriCorps and the Department of Labor, the proposed entity would cut into the work done by the National Parks system, as well as state and local government parks. “To me the greatest risk is doing nothing on climate or doing too little,” Ocasio-Cortez said at the press conference pushing the Green New Deal in April, held in front of The Capitol. “That is a greater political risk,” she added, according to CBS News. Civilian Climate Corps has been planned to be large. But it’s not proposed as its own entity. It would be part of several federal agencies, but not give them oversight and giving no space for public input. In her statements, Ocasio-Cortez has said the Civilian Climate Corps would cost $30 billion and hire 300,000 people, and would be administered by AmeriCorps and the Department of Labor. …

Rep. David Price “in strong support” of $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan

By Monica Chen Rep. David Price, D-N.C., has come out in support of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan.   Price’s office provided a statement this week in response to media inquiry: “Congressman Price stands in strong support of the Build Back Better Act, a transformative investment in our people and our future. It will assist those historically left behind while combating some of our nation’s most pressing challenges, many of which have been thrown into sharp relief by the pandemic.” North Carolina has been plagued by mishandling of funds related to infrastructure in recent years. In 2020, an audit on the N.C. Department of Transportation found the agency overspent its budget by $742 million in 2019. According to The News & Observer, the Office of the State Auditor found the NCDOT had exceeded its budget of $5.94 billion by 12.5 percent. It got a bailout of $220 million from the state legislature. Price represents the 4th district, which includes Durham, Orange, Franklin and Granville counties, and parts of Wake, Chatham and …