The President plans to create nearly $1.5 trillion to be used on America’s infrastructure.
As mentioned above, each state has the duty to match the amount they are given.
This is where the rest of the money comes from. The idea is to help the states assume responsibility for their own transportation ways.
It enables each county and state to begin to receive federal funding which helps them invest in their own infrastructure.
Current funding sources will be allowed to be counted toward a local contribution.
There are some states that have been looking forward and planning for the future so to keep them from being penalized for their endeavor, the plan includes what is called a “lookback provision.”
This keeps penalties away from being applied to the states.
On the other side of the aisle, Democrats have proposed increasing that amount to five times more than the President is offering.
At this point the debate centers around whether the states are ready to assume responsibility for their own transportation ways or not.
It becomes an issue of big government versus the people having control over their own lives.
How it Will Be Handled
Local governments would receive money through incentives.
Some money would be given towards projects; that are highly important and that would benefit everyone.
The rest is divided up based on how many miles of roadways a state has.
Each state is allowed to spend the money on internet, transportation needs, energy needs, and other like opportunities.
Some of the money will have to be used on existing projects and other needs that are pressing and highly important.
The President once again once to make the process simple and not complicate things with inspections and permits.
He wants one agency to do the inspections and issue the permits so it cuts down on the labor of providing the funds.
Federal permitting take around five years to roll out.
The President wants to cut it back to two years.
Opposition claims that the move to quicken permits being issued would cause great environmental issues.
The opposition claim that there will need to hiring of bodies and agency involvement to see this goal take place.
In other words add more people to the issue to see that it gets done.
This is what the President does not want to happen. Adding layers to a solution only slows things down.
The plan looks to create more jobs in the construction industry.
It would allow them to use pell grants for education at colleges and provide on the job training.
It also allows the government to turn control of key complex to the states, which are in a better position to manages such facilities.
Streamlining the process to fix the problem, letting states operate and control what needs to happen, and empowering them to take control can only serve to better a bad scenario.
The Infrastructure of America is in bad shape and unless there is something done about it now, then it will fail in the years to come.
President Trumps plan is long-term and seeks to let people do the job to get it done. It creates jobs and helps the economy at the same time. The Presidents plan is the right way to proceed.
This would be a great opportunity for both sides to come together for the greater good of the country.