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What Would Ohio Get Out Of The Build Back Better Act?

 President, then candidate, Joe Biden in Columbus, Ohio
Jo Ingles
Statehouse News Bureau
President, then candidate, Joe Biden in Columbus, Ohio

With the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passing a few days ago, backers of the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act are now looking at voting on that plan, another element of President Biden’s economic agenda. They say the Build Back Better plan has a lot that can help Ohioans.

While the infrastructure bill puts money into roads, broadband, and pipelines, the Build Back Better Act has funding for universal pre-K and child care benefits. Steven Wagner with UHCAN Ohio, a group that advocates for universal health care, said it will also provide money for home health services for senior citizens.

“Without that kind of support, often called home community-based services, they would have to live outside their community, outside their home, potentially in a long-term care facility or assisted living facility,” said Wagner.

Opponents, including Republicans and some moderate Democrats, say the bill is too expensive and would raise taxes on corporations and high wealth people, which they say would hurt the overall economy.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.