Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg revealed an enthusiastic plan on Tuesday to rework the economy of rural America, together with spending $80 billion to supply high-speed internet and $50 billion over a decade to help farmers fight climate change.
Buttigieg (37) the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, also recommends dramatically increasing teacher pay in rural areas, decreasing the shortage of teachers by half and spending $5 billion over a decade to ensure an apprenticeship program in a growing trade is available within 30 miles of each American.
Buttigieg was due to uncovering his plan as he begins a two-day, seven-county swing by way of southeast Iowa. The Midwestern state kicks off the Democratic nominating contest in February.
There are currently 24 Democrats contending to become the celebration’s nominee to take on Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.
Many of these 2020 hopefuls are making massive efforts in rural America that swung heavily to Trump when he won the White House in 2016.
The Indiana Democrat proposes matching federal funds for each dollar spent, up to $100,000 per alternative, for the 1,000 most innovative rural businesses, to try and spark innovation and job growth.
A military veteran, Buttigieg also desires to provide extra funding for returning veterans looking for to start up a rural enterprise. He proposes increasing the Small Businesses Administration’s “Boots to Business” entrepreneurship education program from two days to two weeks.
Veterans who successfully full this program and have an accepted business plan will receive a $10,000 grant to start their business.