The American Jobs Plan will Build Maryland Back Better

The American Jobs Plan will Build Maryland Back Better

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicts the condition and performance of American infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card—assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.

In 2021, Maryland received a lackluster “C” grade, and the country’s infrastructure as a whole fared even worse, earning a “C-“ grade.  The Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan would make an historic investment in addressing the nation’s significant infrastructure challenges and help to raise our grade.

The American Jobs Plan will mobilize the country to address the climate crisis and  long-standing and persistent racial injustice. The plan targets 40 percent of the benefits of climate and clean infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities. And the plan also invests in rural communities and communities impacted by the market-based transition to clean energy.

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Here is just a sampling of key areas where the plan has the potential to deliver big for Maryland:

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Maryland suffers from some of the worst public transit in the nation. Marylanders who take public transportation spend an extra 66.3% of their time commuting than those in cars and people of color are 2.7 times more likely to commute via public transportation. 


RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE: From 2010 to 2020, Maryland has experienced 31 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $10 billion in damages. The President is calling for $50 billion to improve the resiliency of our infrastructure and support communities’ recovery from disaster. The plan will upgrade and modernize America’s drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems with a focus on green infrastructure and using nature and nature based systems. It will invest in rural small water systems, household wells, and wastewater systems, including drainage fields.

DRINKING WATER: Over the next 20 years, Maryland’s drinking water infrastructure will require $9.3 billion in additional funding. The American Jobs Plan includes a $111 billion national investment to ensure clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities. The plan will replace 100% of lead pipes and service lines. President Biden’s plan also provides $10 billion in funding to monitor and remediate PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) nationwide.


HOME ENERGY: In Maryland, an average low-income family spends 6-8% of their income on home energy costs (compared to the average Maryland family spending 1.8% of income). The AJP will upgrade low-income homes to make them more energy efficient, saving homeowners money.


ACCELERATE CHESAPEAKE BAY RESTORATION: A key component of this plan is to protect and, where necessary, restore nature-based infrastructure – our lands, forests, wetlands, watersheds, and coastal and ocean resources. There are over $1 billion in shovel ready projects in Maryland that could be financed through Clean Water State Revolving Funds with help from the American Jobs Plan.


GREEN JOBS: The plan will create a New Civilian Climate Corps. This $10 billion investment nationwide will put a new, diverse generation of Americans to work conserving our public lands and waters, bolstering community resilience, and advancing environmental justice.


The plan also promises significant upgrades for Maryland and other states in broadband access, manufacturing, clean energy jobs, home energy upgrades, and childcare assistance. You can find a comprehensive fact sheet on the plan’s benefits for Maryland here.

At Maryland LCV, we are committed to creatively and aggressively protecting the state’s land, air, water, and communities, and especially meeting the challenges of the climate crisis. We can’t reach those goals unless Maryland’s infrastructure is improved dramatically in a way that meets the needs of all our residents. The American Jobs Plan’s focus on climate, jobs, and justice positions it as a bold and much-needed investment in Maryland and the country.

Download our Maryland factsheet on the American Jobs Plan here.

And check out the recent polling on what Marylanders think of the American Jobs Plan here:

  • 83% of voters across the state support the American Jobs Plan
  • 83% think it’s important that Congress takes action to address climate change
  • 85% support investments in clean energy jobs
  • 78% support ensuring the benefits of climate and clean energy investments go to the environmental justice communities long exploited by polluters.

On June 22, 2021 we held a Town Hall with Senator Chris Van Hollen and on July 13 we held another Town Hall with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer with over 100 Marylanders at each event to talk about the American Jobs Plan and how it will affect Maryland. Watch the recordings here.

Changing your Zoom Profile and Background for the Climate Rally And Lobby Week

Here are instructions for the virtual background:
  1. Download one of the virtual background files to your computer by right clicking the image and clicking Save Image.
  2. Open the Zoom app and sign in.
  3. Click your profile picture, then click on Settings.
  4. In the left menu bar, click on the Background & Filters tab (if you don’t see this tab, log in to the Zoom website, go to Settings and toggle on Virtual Background). If you’re looking to change your profile picture – instead click on Profile and click the pencil icon above your name.
  5. In the Virtual Background tab: To add your own image or video, click the plus (+) icon in the right corner to add the image from your computer
  6. You may need to check or uncheck the box “Mirror My video” to display the background‘s text reading from left to right.
  7. Still need help? Check out Zoom‘s guide here.

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Contact: Bob Gallagher (410) 263-2417, riverkeeper@comcast.net
February 1, 2021

Maryland Anne Arundel Chapter’s Report Card Lauds Positive Conservation Shift for Council Since December 2019

(Annapolis, MD) – County Executive Steuart Pittman and four of seven county council members received strong grades in a new environmental report card released by the Anne Arundel Chapter of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

The report card’s positive grades – which heavily weighted forest conservation and general leadership and support for conservation efforts – reflect a major change in environmental direction for the county since Pittman assumed his executive role in December 2019. Council members Nathan Volke, Amanda Fiedler, and Jessica Haire were the only council members who received poor grades from the Chapter.

County Executive Pittman’s overall performance received an A grade thanks to “his outstanding record and the broad support he earned from the environmental community.”

“The 2018 elections brought us the strongest conservation minded Anne Arundel County government we have had in recent memory,” said Maryland League of Conservation Voters Anne Arundel County representative, Bob Gallagher. “Thanks to County Executive Pittman’s leadership, the County is heading in a very positive direction when it comes to the conservation of our threatened natural resources.”

Gallagher particularly praised strong improvements to the county’s forest conservation law, sponsored by county council member Lisa Rodvien with Pittman’s strong support.

“The administration poured enormous effort into shepherding the forest conservation proposal through the county council in the face of fierce opposition from developers,” said Gallagher. “The resulting bill is a major improvement over the previous law.”

 The report also graded the council on the Styrofoam ban, environmental protection and stormwater fees, and a bill that limited density increase in conservation areas.

The Chapter’s report card covered the period starting with the swearing in of the new county council and county executive in December 2018 through October 2020. Grades were based on the following factors:

  •       votes of each council member on bills and amendments relating to conservation issues.
  •       sponsoring, supporting bills and building support for conservation initiatives, whether or not those initiatives resulted in bills or enacted legislation.
  •       public comments on conservation issues and their responsiveness to the concerns of the environmental community.
  •       views of environmental leaders and organizations in the county.

View the full report card here:


Maryland LCV is known for educating lawmakers and holding them accountable for their leadership and votes on key environmental issues. Their annual scorecard, along with other reports, help inform voters about their legislators’ records.

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