Today’s Pickup: White House infrastructure plan may depend on private dollars

Good day,

The long-awaited infrastructure plan from the White House is taking shape and could be part of President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Jan. 30, according to Reuters. CNN, however, reports that the plan will not likely be finished by that time due to the president’s travel schedule.

The proposal, Reuters said, would include $200 billion in federal funding split into four separate pools. The overall plan is designed to encourage private investment, which officials Reuters talked with suggested could be $1.35 trillion.

The government’s share of funding, with a final amount still in flux, would include $100 billion for cost-sharing projects with local governments, $50 billion for rural projects, and $25 billion each for infrastructure loan projects and “transformative projects,” such as high-speed rail. The money would be spent over 10 years.

There has been no indication on how the White House would pay for the program.

Earlier this week, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue called for a 25-cent per gallon fuel tax increase to fund infrastructure projects.

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Final Thoughts

An infrastructure proposal from the White House may be ready within weeks, but initial reports suggest it will be for $200B over 10 years and geared toward attracting private dollars. The funding, at just $20B per year before private investment, is just a drop in the bucket to the nearly $1T many experts believe we need to fix the nation’s infrastructure. According to Reuters, the proposal may not even be an increase over the current yearly investment from the government.

Hammer down everyone!

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.