Details of Trump’s infrastructure plan come to light

By |  January 26, 2018

President Donald Trump is expected to discuss infrastructure in his State of the Union address. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

President Donald Trump is expected to bring up his vaunted infrastructure package at the State of the Union address on Jan. 30, but an undated leaked document acquired by Axios outlines a number of the plan’s details.

According to document, the president is targeting upgrades to transportation infrastructure, as well as water infrastructure and Veterans Affairs facilities.

The document does not, however, touch on fixing the Highway Trust Fund, which a number of transportation infrastructure advocates consider a must for any infrastructure deal. The revenue sources of the president’s plan are not revealed in the document, either.

Still, the document does cover tolling as a potential source of revenue. Based on its contents, the administration sees an opportunity to fund projects by collecting tolls on the nation’s interstates.

“There’s nothing that really cuts to the very real question of how we’re going to pay for it,” says Kate Wood, director of infrastructure policy at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, in a report by The Hill.

The document also covers the role of public-private partnerships, and it mentions a program that would specifically benefit projects in rural communities.

In recent days, the president noted that his infrastructure plan may stimulate an investment of $1.7 trillion.

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