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Trump ‘Self-Help’ Infrastructure Plan Irks State, Local Leaders (ARTICLE & VIDEO)

Trump ‘Self-Help’ Infrastructure Plan Irks State, Local Leaders (ARTICLE & VIDEO)

Bloomberg
by Mark Niquette
June 1, 2017, 3:00 AM CDT

- Plan relies on states and cities to come up with more funding

- Possible Medicaid cuts would further strain state budgets

Mayors and state lawmakers from both parties are blasting President Donald Trump’s proposed transportation budget and $1 trillion infrastructure initiative, saying his plans would cut federal funding for critical projects and leave them holding the bill.

The backlash comes after Trump last week revealed a plan for upgrading roads, bridges, airports, sea ports and other public works that relies heavily on what his administration called “self-help.” Under the plan, new federal spending would be used primarily as an incentive for states, cities and private investors to come up with most of the money.

At the same time, Trump proposed cutting $1.4 billion next year from transportation and transit grant programs and included no new federal spending from a highway trust fund.

“Most cities, when they’ve been listening to the dollars that the White House wants to spend on transportation, they’ve been expecting that there’d be a significant influx of dollars coming out of Washington to help address the needs that we have,” said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, a Republican and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “It’s continually disappointing that we have to put these efforts together to try and restore what we think is an investment in cities and the country.” FULL ARTICLE & WATCH VIDEO

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