Trump wants to make vocational educational cool again

Trump wants to make vocational educational cool again
March 30 19:26 2018 Print This Article

President Donald Trump delivered a speech on his proposed infrastructure plan in Northeast Ohio Thursday with a emphasis on vocational education programs.  The address was given at a job training center to students and union construction workers wearing hardhats. Trump said his plan to repair and build roads, bridges and airports and upgrade the electrical power grid would create 400,000 jobs which pay 32% above the national median income. The Trump plan calls for partnerships between the federal government, local and state governments, and private sector companies. He called on Congress to approve grant money for vocational certification programs.

One of the key points in the infrastructure plan is to streamline the permitting process. Trump noted that it often takes more than 10 years to navigate the federal permitting process and vowed to reduce the timeline to two years or less.  He said, “We’ll get rid of the bureaucracy that wastes time and kills jobs.” The new permitting process would assign one federal point of contact to state and local governments and provide the applicants with a quick approval or rejection.

Trump cited his great relationship with union workers during his career as a builder of apartment complexes, hotels and other real estate projects. He said to the union workers in the crowd, “I think your leadership is getting it. You’ve got a friend in the White House!” He noted that he revived the Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline projects which were rejected by the Obama Administration and ultimately will lead to the creation of 48,000 jobs.

The President told the crowd that Senate Democrats would likely not allow a vote on the infrastructure plan and that more Republicans need to be elected to the Senate in the 2018 elections to advance the plan. He took shots at Democrats for their stance on higher taxes, open borders and opposition to allowing veterans to receive medical care from the private sector when there is a long waiting period at Veterans Administration facilities.