Trump infrastructure plan would make drainage grants available

Trump infrastructure plan would make drainage grants available
February 12 12:03 2018 Print This Article

The Whitehouse released President Donald Trump’s 10-year, $1.5 Trillion infrastructure plan Monday. The plan, which calls for $200 Billion in federal funding, would give state and local governments the flexibility to determine their infrastructure priorities, including flood control. The plan also provides incentives for private-sector investment in infrastructure.

One of the key components to the infrastructure plan is to streamline the permitting process, reducing the time from 10 years to two years or less. It calls for and objective criteria for permitting and giving states the expanded authority for conducting environmental reviews. Environmental reviews conducted at the federal level will follow a “one agency, one decision” policy. The plan would also give state and local governments increased access to capital for infrastructure projects.  In his January State of the Union address, Trump said, “Isn’t it a disgrace that it now takes 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?”

The plan also calls for an increased emphasis on technical education so that more Americans have the skills needed for jobs in the construction trades. In the release, President Trump stated, “We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways and waterways all across our land. We we will do it with American heart, and American hands, and American grit.” Now it is up to Congress to draft legislation to authorize the infrastructure plan.

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