If you’re like most working Americans, you know little or nothing about the President’s Build Back Better (BBB) Act and ongoing efforts to promote racial justice. Then you are doing yourself a great disservice. This is not politics as usual.
How do we know? Why should you care? Let me give you two examples: insurance and your grandmother.
If you can’t afford insurance but don’t want to get Medicaid, there is a remarkably affordable way to get marketplace insurance with a tax credit. In general, let’s say you make $ 30,000 a year, you could be paying a $ 5 monthly premium for a custom insurance plan that regularly costs $ 600 per month depending on your zip code. The Build Back Better Act kicks off the largest expansion of affordable health care in a decade. Just in time for the open enrollment that started this week. “Legislation is also the most significant effort to cut costs and empower the working class in the generation,” said Susan Rice, assistant to the president and domestic policy advisor to the White House, adding that school enrollment rates have increased fivefold since 2019 . “We” I have included more black Americans in the Affordable Care Act in the last 10 months than in the past few years. “
Second, every black person knows someone who has lost land that was passed down through generations because there was never a will. An estimated 60% of black-owned land in the south is heirs – property that is bequeathed without a will. Vulnerable to developers and loggers, tax sales and forced split sales, it is the leading cause of involuntary land loss among black families. You can do something about it tomorrow as President Biden signed an executive order last month to fund the heir property lending program, which provides funds to help heirs resolve ownership and succession problems on multi-owner farmland.
While the Build Back Better Budget Reconciliation Bill and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act are the big core pieces of Biden’s domestic agenda, the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity is one of the most ambitious and transformative approaches to promoting racial discrimination Equity capital. “We have already reduced the poverty rate for black children by almost 45% this year and saved almost 1.5 million black children from poverty in August alone,” says Rice, the “quarterback” who is responsible for anchoring racial justice in ” everyone “is responsible for an aspect of our domestic policy.”
If you are following the news as needed, now is the time to know.
Here is a roundup of some of the opportunities the White House offers for the core members (in other words, you and me). Also, the administration wants you to know that there is so much more.
CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR EVERY HOUSEHOLD
Why It Matters: We are at the highest risk of lead exposure at home and in schools, especially in cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, and Newark.
Content: “We will replace all lead pipes and supply lines in our country,” says Rice of the infrastructure bill, which also includes 10 million households and up to 400,000 schools and childcare facilities.
WELL-PAYING SALARIES FOR FORMER ADULTS AND ADOLESCENTS
Why It Matters: Many employees won’t hire (let alone recruit) people with a criminal record for a quality, paid job.
Contents: An implementing regulation that instructs the Office for Personnel Management, which serves as the highest personnel authority of the federal government, to expand the possibilities for people who have previously been imprisoned to be hired as government employees.
GIVING BLACK FARMERS A CHANCE OF A JUSTICE
Why It Matters: Deliberate choices to exclude black farmers from government aid programs, along with other discriminatory practices, dramatically reduced the number from nearly 1 million farming in 1920 to less than 50,000 today.
Content: The Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services must establish one or more stock committees to address historical discrimination and inequalities. The Equity Commission’s Advisory Committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture by identifying USDA programs, policies, systems, structures and practices that create barriers to integration or access, systemic discrimination, or exacerbate or maintain racial, economic, contribute to health and social inequalities.
ARE YOU CERTIFIED AS A BLACK COMPANY?
Why It Matters: Expanding Access to Wealth Creation by Owning Small Businesses.
Synopsis: Given that the federal government is converting more than $ 650 billion each year into an additional $ 100 billion over five years helping more Americans achieve their business dreams.
LARGEST FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Why is it important? Black workers use public transport to commute almost four times as often as white workers. In New York City, we spend 110 minutes more per week commuting to work than the average white resident.
Content: Repair and upgrade of aging infrastructure; Modernization of bus and train fleets; improve access for disabled users; Bring the transit service to new churches. Replacing thousands of mass transit vehicles, including buses, with clean, zero-emission vehicles.
CREATE FIRST PROGRAM TO RECONNECT COMMUNITIES DIVIDED BY INEQUAL TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
Why It Matters: Much of the interstate freeway system has been built by black neighborhoods, demolished homes, schools, churches, and parks, causing permanent segregation and divestment of the remaining residents. “We know this is common in so many of our cities,” says Rice.
What’s Inside: “This program in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act will fund the planning, demolition and rebuilding of road networks, building parks and other infrastructure to repair the damage, reconnecting communities and” making them home “.
AN END OF DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSE EVALUATION
Why It Matters: We are less likely to get the full value for our homes.
What’s in it: First cross-agency attempt with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to correct historical errors in housing valuation through measures and guidelines.
CHILD CARE AND UNIVERSAL PRE-SCHOOL
Why It Matters: We are two times more likely than white parents to quit, refuse, or make a big change in their job due to childcare interruptions.
Content: Families of four earning less than $ 300,000 pay no more than 7% of their income to care for children under 6 years of age. An increase in the child discount from $ 2,000 to $ 3,000 for children six years and older. The credit is made in the form of monthly checks so that parents and carers do not have to pay the costs in advance. Access to free pre-school or childcare providers for all 3- and 4-year-olds.
AFFORDABLE LIVING SPACE
Why it matters: 30% of black renters pay more than half of their income in rent.
Content: The BBB framework will enable the construction, refurbishment and improvement of more than 1 million affordable apartments, increase the supply of apartments and reduce price pressure on tenants and homeowners. It will make investments to improve the safety, energy efficiency and quality of existing public housing. In addition, the bill provides grants for resident-led community development projects in neighborhoods that have faced systemic divestments.
HISTORICAL INVESTMENT IN HBCUS
Why It Matters: Although they make up only three percent of the country’s colleges and universities, they make up nearly 20% of all black graduates.
Content: An executive order to create a government-wide approach to support the needs of HBCUs and remove systemic barriers that hinder HBCU’s participation in federal programs. A budget proposal for FY22 in the amount of 4 billion