The economy that lets you get your job done is broken

Source: Molly Kinder & Martha Ross, New York Times (Paid Registration)

The Biden administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan is a radical reimagining of what infrastructure means.

The American Jobs Plan does spend big on traditional infrastructure—roads, bridges, broadband, buildings—but it also includes funding for the country’s caregiving infrastructure, proposing major investments in home care for older people and persons with disabilities and funding to upgrade and add child-care centers. A second plan, which will arrive within weeks, is expected to include additional investments in universal preschool, child care affordability and paid family leave.

Investments in the care economy are not only long overdue, but also essential to the economic recovery and quality job growth. Functioning and affordable care is a public good: It is the foundation for Americans to provide for their families, tend to their loved ones and perform their jobs.

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