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Despite Trump's Infrastructure Pledge, Governors Expect Little Federal Spending

Despite Trump's Infrastructure Pledge, Governors Expect Little Federal Spending

Governing.com
By Tribune News Service
February 28, 2017

By Stuart Leavenworth

President Donald Trump said again Monday that he was preparing to spend big on infrastructure. But even as he spoke, aa officiae

Instead, the administration and congressional leaders plan to take a more incremental approach of spurring public-private partnerships _ such as toll roads _ by loosening environmental reviews, removing other red tape and possibly approving new tax credits. While some governors say private projects will provide little help in repairing their aging infrastructure, others say they will be forced to embrace the fiscal reality.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, said he and Nevada Gov. Ryan Sandoval, a Republican, had recently discussed infrastructure with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., prior to meetings Sunday and Monday with Trump and his Cabinet members.

"It seemed clear the way they were heading was public-private partnerships," McAuliffe said in a news conference at the conclusion of the National Governors Association winter meeting here... FULL ARTICLE

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