Today, President Donald Trump unveiled his much-awaited proposal to fix the nation’s crumbling highways, railroads, bridges, airports, water systems, and other infrastructure. While the 55-page document is being billed as a $1.5 trillion–investment plan over the next 10 years, the administration is asking for only $200 billion in direct federal funds, with the remaining $1.3 trillion to be generated by state and local governments and private investors.
“We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways all across our land,” Trump said in the official White House statement. “And we will do it with American heart, and American hands, and American grit.”
According to the proposal, $100 billion of the $200 billion allotted federal funds will be used to create an incentives program, “making federal funding conditional on projects meeting agreed-upon milestones.” To qualify for these funds, applicants would be required to raise 80 percent of the budgeted cost for any given project, likely through state and local taxes, gas taxes, or increased toll prices.
Of the remaining $100 billion, $50 billion will be allotted to a new rural infrastructure program; $20 billion will be dedicated to a new infrastructure innovation program; $20 billion will go to expanding infrastructure financing programs; and $10 billion will create the new Federal Capital Revolving Fund for streamlined leasing of federal property.