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Keller @ Large: President Biden To Unveil Infrastructure Plan

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President Joe Biden will unveil the details of part one of a two-part, far-reaching $3 trillion infrastructure bill. WBZ-TV's Jon Keller reports.

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PAULA EBBEN: Tomorrow President Biden unveils his next big proposal, his infrastructure plan.

ANARIDIS RODRIGUEZ: New polling shows most Americans do like the idea, but as WBZ's Jon Keller shows us, the president has some work to do in selling the price tag.

JOE BIDEN: The next major initiative is--

JON KELLER: What do you do for an encore after passing a massive pandemic recovery bill?

JOE BIDEN: Rebuild the infrastructure, both physical and technological infrastructure in this country so that we can compete.

JON KELLER: And new polling shows parts of the Biden plan to be formally unveiled Wednesday are even more popular than the well received American Rescue Act. A whopping 70% favor Biden's call for investing in core infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and rail lines. 59% support expanding broadband access, and 58% back clean energy spending that could help fight climate change. That could mean the realization of long discussed fast rail service from Springfield to Boston, the end of internet dead spots in Massachusetts, and a boost for offshore wind farms here but there's a problem.

MITCH MCCONNELL: The Trojan horse will be called infrastructure, but inside the Trojan horse will be all the tax increases.

JON KELLER: Even though the president insists new taxes to pay for the multi-trillion dollar tab will be limited to wealthy corporations and individuals. That new poll shows barely a third of the public supports spending as much as it takes, with more preferring to spend less or spend nothing at all.

ANARIDIS RODRIGUEZ: Jon, resistance to new taxes has been a strong political weapon for a long time. So how does President Biden plan to diffuse this this time around?

JON KELLER: Yeah, well normally, Anaridis, I'd agree with that. It'd be an uphill battle for him but these really aren't normal times. Higher taxes on the rich poll really well these days, especially in light of how well so many wealthy people have done during the pandemic. And notice how President Biden was able to claim bipartisan support for the Rescue Act, despite failing to get a single Republican vote in Congress because there was significant support for it among GOP governors and mayors.

That same principle could apply here given how many of Biden's infrastructure priorities are shared by red states. And without support from the grassroots for an anti-tax stance, Mitch McConnell and company may find it tough to torpedo this bill. Jon Keller at Large, WBZ News. Paula, back to you.

PAULA EBBEN: All right. Jon, thanks.