This episode begins with a first-hand account of the economic challenges facing towns and counties in Central Appalachia, but then celebrates the positive impact the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is going to have on the region. Also included is a report on Build Back Better, a bill that would invest in our human infrastructure – that is children, students, families, health care, community wellbeing and more. (As of 12/21/21 it is uncertain whether Build Back Better or something similar will pass the Senate.) Featured are Marley Green from Appalshop, Dustin Pugel who is Senior Policy Analyst with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, and Rebecca Shelton, Research Director at Appalachian Citizens Law Center.
December 21, 2021