Trump released infrastructure plan
- President Donald Trump released an infrastructure plan
as part of the 2018 budget. The plan calls for $1 trillion in
investment, with $200 billion in direct spending from the federal
government over the next decade, and the other $800 billion in
incentives to state and local governments and private investors.
Specific proposals in the plan include allowing states to toll federally
funded highways, corporatizing air traffic control, and expanding the
TIFIA loan program for transportation projects.
The plan received praise from the Cato Institute, which wrote that, “Trump’s agenda sounds good to anyone who wants an efficient, user-fee-driven infrastructure program.” The Center for American Progress was critical of the selling of government assets, saying that, “Building infrastructure faster and without adequate study or time for community input may be good for developers, but it’s lousy for everyone else.” [Ballotpedia]