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Infrastructure Bill sees local impact

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Infrastructure Bill sees local impact

MOSINEE, Wis. (WAOW) -- The new Infrastructure Law, known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, calls for $550 billion dollars in spending over the next few years, targeting roads, bridges, broadband internet, and more. 

And one area farmer says that all of those need improvement.

"So when we started talking about covers and roads, and shoulders and roads and soforth, the one in a hundred year weather event now happens once a summer, and we have infrastructure that just can't put up with that," said Hans Breitenmoser, owner of Golden Dawn Family Farms and a Lincoln County Board Supervisor. 

Elected officials also agree, both Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson saying increasing access to broadband in rural areas is especially needed, with Baldwin, a Democrat, saying it's essential for a thriving economy. 

"In the 21st century, broadband is how we market our products, and allow kids to do homework and how people get their healthcare, through telehealth." said Baldwin. 

While Baldwin voted for the new law, Johnson, a Republican, voted against it, citing funding concerns. 

"If we weren't 29 trillion dollars in debt I could event support some deficit spending or incurring of debt, to fund infrastructure, but as I said these are not normal times." said Johnson. 

Under the new law, Wisconsin is expected to get just over $5 billion for roadways, $225 million for bridges, and $100 million for broadband. 

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