MEMPHIS, Tenn. — President-Elect Joe Biden isn’t wasting any time preparing for his transition to the White House.
During a press conference on Monday, Mr. Biden outlined some of his priorities.
“Get our kids back to school safely, get our businesses growing and our economy rolling at full speed again,” said Mr. Biden.
His team’s transitional website outlines four major priorities: racial equity, climate change, economic recovery, and COVID-19.
“Making rapid testing widely available, more widely available much more, building an army of contract tracers who will track and curb this disease while we prioritize getting vaccines first to the most at-risk populations,” said Mr. Biden.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland anticipates more funding for the government from the new Biden-Harris administration.
“I think the immediate thing is more help on coronavirus and then help with housing and transportation,” said Strickland.
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Strickland expects transportation money would help MATA improve routes.
“He already has on their money for mass transit for cities over 100,000 which Memphis would obviously be one of,” said Strickland. “On the transition website, there’s more stimulus money for cities and states just like what we got last spring and the CARES Act money.”
For racial equity, the Biden-Harris housing plan would invest in homeownership and access to affordable housing for Black and brown families.
This would help here in Memphis where people in some communities like South Memphis, are underwater with their mortgages.