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States say Trump's infrastructure plan banks on them picking up more of the tab

States say Trump's infrastructure plan banks on them picking up more of the tab


The Morning Call
DAVID A. LIEB Of The Associated Press
February 1, 2017  8:20am

Jefferson City, MO (AP) -

When President Donald Trump called for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure investment in his State of the Union address, he didn't pledge that the federal government actually would provide that much money for roads, bridges, rail and waterways.

To the contrary, Trump's plan counts on state and local governments working with private investors to come up with much of the cash.

Exactly how that would work remained unclear Wednesday, as state transportation officials noted that Trump's proposal could put more pressure on them to raise taxes, fees and tolls just to qualify for a share of his infrastructure program.

Questions surrounding Trump's plan are likely to leave costly projects, such as plans for a new Hudson River tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey, in limbo... FULL ARTICLE

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