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Among the bragging, self aggrandizement, and self promotion in Trump's State of the Union speech,listeners were assaulted with Trump's notion of an infrastructure plan that he said he would allot $1.5 trillion to, whether or not it actually repaired, or enhanced the country's current infrastructure.
Trump laid out that plan today, which has been shown to be heavy on the States' financial responsibility, and very light on what the Federal government will offer. Incentives likely include toll roads, do away with regulations, and will change how the states look to the Federal Government for assistance in the groundwork.
. . . the White House says it will finally address a dysfunctional system in which Washington calls too many of the shots, federal red tape gets in the way and some communities fail to put enough “skin in the game”
In Trump's plan, rebuilding America's roads, bridges, ways of supplying water and other needed infrastructure concerns are laid mostly on each state, and Trump plans to make the permit approval process faster so that work could begin when each state ponies up the needed funds.
Trump's plan does not say where the $1.5 trillion will come from, or how that money will be spent.
According to a leaked draft of the plan that surfaced last week, 50 percent of the federal funding in the proposal would go toward a so-called incentive program that rewards cities and states that raise their own revenue for infrastructure. It would also loosen a federal ban on tolling existing interstate highways and remove other “constraints” on public-private partnerships for transit systems.
Both parties are not excited abut this "plan" and some are just plain disgusted. Many of those who have been advocating for a solid infrastructure plan say that the real fix that’s needed is a "permanent new revenue stream," which is not addressed in Trump's plan. Some have gone so far as to say that the so called plan is a scam.
Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, the top Democrat on the Transportation Committee, said in an address Friday that Trump's plan would "slash the federal commitment to a national infrastructure network."
"This is not a real infrastructure plan — it’s simply another scam, an attempt by this administration to privatize critical government functions, and create windfalls for their buddies on Wall Street," DeFazio said. "This fake proposal will not address the serious infrastructure needs facing this country, so our potholed roads will get worse, our bridges and transit systems will become more dangerous, and our tolls will become higher."
Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the top Democrat on the Finance Committee, called the plan "another broken promise to rebuild America’s aging infrastructure." He added, "$200 billion is a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.5 trillion Republicans in Congress just spent to slash taxes for multinational corporations and the donor class."
But some Republicans are issuing supportive statements to the press, while privately are unsure about Trump's inadequate "plan."
While some lawmakers will feel the need to compliment the plan in public, behind the scenes it is near universally loathed.