Trump heading to Ohio to talk infrastructure

Thursday, 08 Jun, 2017

Referencing his dedication to infrastructure progression, Trump referenced his decision to approve the Dakota access pipeline, where other politicians did not.

Trump is calling for federal spending of $200 billion over 10 years that administration officials say can be used to "incentivize" up to $800 billion in private, state and local spending on infrastructure. He called on Congress to adopt his proposal for clipping federal funding for USA highways in exchange for incentivizing private companies to pour $800 billion into roads, bridges, waterways and other transportation infrastructure.

"I believe he's trying to run our country like his company and government is not private, government is public and it's run differently", protester Anne Kille said.

"We're working very hard to fix this big problem", he said.

Only 1/5 of infrastructure spending comes from the Federal Government, the vast majority comes from states, localities, and the private sector.

Trump praised WikiLeaks for doing this in nearly every campaign appearance in October, and for months claimed that it was impossible to know who had stolen the emails.

After a turbulent start to his Administration, President Trump is looking for ways to change the national conversation.

Runyan said while privatization has worked in some cases - he called Gov. John Kasich's turnpike bond leveraging relatively successful - but added there's simply no way that can be done on numerous city roads and rural highways that have unmet needs.

For instance: "This is unlikely to do much for road and bridge maintenance", notes Harvard economist Edward Glaeser. "And instead it's like pharoah telling people to build bricks without straw, because Republicans don't want to spend the money".

The needs are vast.

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An anticipated topic that Trump did not mention was the Brent Spence bridge, which connects Kentucky and Ohio.

"As of a few months ago, we spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, along with the deaths of so many incredible people", he said.

Repairs to the nation's aging river infrastructure are often lengthy and costly, noted Illinois Soybean Growers CEO Craig Ratajczyk, who was at the OH rally. I said I want to work with you on infrastructure.

Many communities have never had a major public-private partnership and could be at risk of falling prey to bad deals. That's not the case.

MCEVERS: So what were the details of how this is going to be paid for?

But there are some advantages to privatization, too, Dinges acknowledged. "I think that he's not going to hold a grudge and I think we're going to get our bridge", supporter Frank Bardonaro said. On Capitol Hill, there are no signs that his ambitions for an infrastructure package will fare any better than his tax reform push or his health care plans.

"Your guess is as good as mine", she said. Even as the White House tries to publicly focus on one issue, they are regularly knocked off course by news about Comey's remarks and messages sent out by the President, often on Twitter. OH last increased its gas tax in 2003. "Bridges were so risky they couldn't use them", he said.

Democratic National Committee spokesman Eric Walker, in a statement, went after Trump and congressional Republicans for "sabotaging" Americans' health care so they can cut taxes for the rich.

During his remarks, which lasted about half an hour, Trump framed his plan as a way to make good on his pledge to put "America first", saying expensive US entanglements overseas have distracted the country from its goals of spurring job growth. "That is not a trillion dollar infrastructure plan".