The White House Infrastructure Plan

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Gavin Kuncl, Writer

Recently, the White House unveiled a plan to update the United States infrastructure.

The Trump administration has four goals that are aimed to accomplish this plan. The first goal is to generate $1.5 trillion for an infrastructure proposal, second to streamline the permitting process down to two years, third to invest in rural infrastructure projects and fourth to advance workforce training.

The Trump administration has confirmed a $200 billion direct federal investment but is relying on the state and local governments for the remaining money. The allotted $200 billion comes from cuts in the White House budget, with money being distributed in chunks. According to CNN Money, half of the allowed federal funds, $100 billion, would be given out as incentives to local government entities, $20 billion toward “projects of national significance”, another $50 billion is marked for rural block grants. The block grants will be given to states based on the miles of rural roads and the rural population. The rest of the money would support other infrastructure-related undertakings.

Democratic lawmakers have already denounced the plan, wanting increased direct federal investment for the nation’s public works. However, the White House has stated that this is just the beginning of negotiations and that more is expected to develop in the plan.

Regardless of the disagreements both Republicans and Democrats have, both dominant parties have found common ground on infrastructure needs in rural America, with a sizable amount of funds under the President’s plan going into rural investment and Democrats pushing for expansion of broadband in rural regions.

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