Florida gets lowest per capita funding in nation from Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

by | Aug 18, 2023



  • President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in 2021, allocating $1.2 trillion for national improvements over five years.
  • Florida will receive $19.1 billion in federal infrastructure funds, with a focus on highways, transportation, and water systems.
  • Florida’s per capita funding of $887 is the lowest among states, with highway aid (68.6%) and public transportation (13.6%) as primary investment areas.

In today’s polarized political climate, few issues in Washington receive bipartisan support. Investment in the nation’s infrastructure, however, is a notable exception – and with good reason. A 2021 report from the American Society of Civil Engineers assigned U.S. public infrastructure an average letter grade of “C-” based on performance in 17 major categories, including roads, drinking water, transit, dams, and bridges. According to the report, the U.S. needs to invest an additional $2.6 trillion in infrastructure over the next 10 years.

To help address this shortfall, President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law in November 2021. The bill authorizes $1.2 trillion in federal spending over a five-year period, including $550 billion in new spending to rebuild public works and transportation infrastructure. (Here is a look at Biden’s approval rating in every state.)

Much of this money will be distributed to state governments and has already been earmarked for certain projects, including bridge and highway repair, electric vehicle charging station construction, broadband internet expansion, airport improvements, cybersecurity, and wildfire protection. While the largest states by population are the ones receiving the most federal dollars, they are not necessarily the states where federal infrastructure spending will have the largest impact.

Florida is expected to receive $19.1 billion federal infrastructure investment. Adjusting for population, this comes out to about $887 per capita, the lowest among the 50 states.

Federal highway aid will account for 68.6% of infrastructure investment in the state, more than any other category, followed by public transportation, which will account for 13.6% of federal spending, and water infrastructure, at 8.4%.

All data in this story was compiled by U.S. News & World Report in its article, The States Benefiting the Most From the Infrastructure Deal.

Rank State Per capita federal infrastructure aid ($) Total federal infrastructure aid ($B) Largest investment category 2nd largest investment category 3rd largest investment category
1 Alaska 6,721 4.9 Federal Highway Aid Airports Water Infrastructure
2 Wyoming 4,479 2.6 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
3 Montana 3,558 3.9 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
4 Vermont 3,458 2.2 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
5 North Dakota 3,390 2.6 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
6 South Dakota 3,210 2.8 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
7 West Virginia 2,452 4.4 Federal Highway Aid Bridge Replacements and Repairs Water Infrastructure
8 Delaware 2,401 2.4 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Airports
9 Rhode Island 2,345 2.6 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
10 Hawaii 1,800 2.6 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
11 New Mexico 1,759 3.7 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
12 Maine 1,736 2.4 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
13 Connecticut 1,675 6.0 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Bridge Replacements and Repairs
14 Arkansas 1,648 5.0 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
15 Idaho 1,645 3.0 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
16 Iowa 1,593 5.1 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
17 Louisiana 1,557 7.3 Federal Highway Aid Bridge Replacements and Repairs Water Infrastructure
18 Nebraska 1,550 3.0 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
19 Mississippi 1,507 4.5 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
20 New Hampshire 1,487 2.0 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
21 Missouri 1,464 9.0 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
22 Oklahoma 1,458 5.8 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
23 New Jersey 1,454 13.5 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Bridge Replacements and Repairs
24 Kentucky 1,439 6.5 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Bridge Replacements and Repairs
25 Illinois 1,390 17.8 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
26 Alabama 1,387 7.0 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
27 Pennsylvania 1,369 17.8 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Bridge Replacements and Repairs
28 New York 1,333 26.9 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
29 Massachusetts 1,327 9.3 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Bridge Replacements and Repairs
30 Kansas 1,307 3.8 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
31 Indiana 1,303 8.8 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
32 Nevada 1,301 4.0 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
33 Oregon 1,265 5.4 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
34 Wisconsin 1,234 7.3 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
35 Texas 1,216 35.4 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
36 Utah 1,209 4.0 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
37 Maryland 1,198 7.4 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
38 South Carolina 1,195 6.1 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
39 Minnesota 1,192 6.8 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
40 Virginia 1,170 10.1 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
41 Georgia 1,152 12.3 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
42 Tennessee 1,151 8.0 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
43 California 1,127 44.6 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Bridge Replacements and Repairs
44 Washington 1,115 8.6 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
45 Ohio 1,087 12.8 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
46 Michigan 1,070 10.8 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
47 Colorado 1,068 6.2 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
48 Arizona 1,022 7.3 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure
49 North Carolina 996 10.4 Federal Highway Aid Water Infrastructure Public Transportation
50 Florida 887 19.1 Federal Highway Aid Public Transportation Water Infrastructure

6 Comments

  1. M.Thompson

    It can hardly be surprising. Politics is, after all, Human Relations & the guy at the top of Florida’s political heap isn’t great in that regard. $19.1 B is nothing to complain about, and exceeds the funding granted many other states. With the need for highway funding at the Critical Stage, we should be THANKFUL for funding, not trying to find more ways to COMPLAIN,

    • Eileen

      Agree. Besides, DeSantis will claim he funded every dime of it and will not give any credit to the Feds, much less President Biden’s bill.

  2. K. Joel Stein

    The following is a news story from
    WLRN 91.3 FM | By Daniel Rivero 11, 2021 at 5:25 PM EDT

    President Biden, pictured in the East Room of the White House on March 18, on Wednesday unveils his massive “Build Back Better” infrastructure proposal.
    President Biden, pictured in the East Room of the White House on March 18, on Wednesday unveils his massive “Build Back Better” infrastructure proposal.
    The bill, if passed by the House of Representatives, would pump billions of dollars of infrastructure dollars into the state. Here’s a quick look at the projects involved.

    The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill Tuesday, after years of political bickering stalled similar actions in Congress.

    The move marks a pivotal moment for President Joe Biden, as a signature bipartisan effort to enact his Build Back Better economic plan. In total, nineteen Republicans — including minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — voted for the package that includes more than half a trillion dollars in new infrastructure spending. . . .
    . . . Both Republican senators from Florida, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, voted against the measure.

  3. Mark Cassani

    Whatever your politics, Florida is getting $19B. Yes it’s the lowest on a per capita basisn but consider that much of Florida’s infrastructure is newer than most other states, doesn’t experience the degradation from winter freeze/thaw stress, and has high gas taxes, paid by abundant tourists, that are targeted to roads and bridges to help keep up with the traffic demand on roads. And the state needed to ASK for the $$ for projects. So that part does land in the gov’s lap.

  4. Ric Gonzalez

    De Santis has made it clear he doesn’t want to accept any build-back better infrastructure funds: FOR POLITICAL SELFISH REASONS. Look at how covid federal funds were misspent. Who are we kidding here?
    Now we don’t want to look a gift horse in the eye? Ask Rubio and Scott. THEY VOTED AGAINST IT.
    RES IPSA LOQUITUR.

 

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