With Washington’s — and the public’s — attention riveted on Ukraine and rising prices, particularly at the gas pump, in recent weeks, it’s been easy to forget the litany of unresolved issues facing states. States still face at home.
The promise of President Biden’s national agenda has faded. Build Back Better, the massive $2 trillion budget bill that Biden hoped would be his flagship legislative achievement, has been dormant for months. To revive it, even in the piecemeal way that seems the only way forward, Biden will have to do more than he did two weeks ago in his first State of the Union address. He touted important elements of that program — universal preschool, investments in affordable housing, and hundreds of billions invested in green energy — but didn’t offer a clear roadmap for how his administration, in collaboration with Democrats who tightly control both houses of Congress, can put these changes into law.