As was widely expected, the White House has leaked what appears to be a six-page rough draft of its $1 trillion infrastructure plan to Axios as it rushes to release a fully formed iteration of the plan before the end of the month.
The draft, which can be viewed below, provides incentives for state and local governments – as well as private developers, metropolitan authorities, and regional authorities – to break ground on a range of different infrastructure products, including: Surface transportation, passenger rail, maritime and inland waterway ports, flood control, water supply, hydropower, water resources, drinking water facilities, storm water facilities as well as Brownfield and Superfund sites.
Applicants must show how they plan to attract non-federal funding to ensure that the projects are completed. They must also explain how the projects will spur economic growth.
Individual grant awards can’t exceed 20% of total project costs and any individual state can’t receive more than 10% of the amount available – which means most of these projects will be heavily dependent on private funding…
In light of New York City’s struggles with its subway, the deteriorating New Jersey Transit system – one of the most heavily used public transit systems in the world – the elements of the plan pertaining to rail and transit projects were particularly interesting..
Critics complained that the plan lacked details, appeared thrown together, and relies too much on privatization to revitalize public roads and other public services…
Below is a leaked draft document with plans for the White House infrastructure plan, a key campaign priority of President Trump.
Comment from White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters: “We are not going to comment on the contents of a leaked document but look forward to presenting our plan in the near future.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
January 22nd, 2018