Less than 24 hours after President Trump unveiled his 10-year infrastructure plan, the first criticism has been penned, mostly from blue states who feel disfavored by the document’s focus on one-quarter of the $200 billion in actual federal investment going to rural areas.
Mr Trump tweeted this morning: “Our infrastructure plan has been put forward and has received great reviews by everyone except, of course, the Democrats.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Our infrastructure plan has been put forward and has received great reviews by everyone except, of course, the Democrats. After many years we have taken care of our Military, now we have to fix our roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and more. Bipartisan, make deal Dems?</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/963362959463469058?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Trump's plan, as was to be expected, favors his base located in rural and small-town America, where some two thirds of voters chose him in 2016 over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Thanks largely to a campaign of promising improving job prospects for the parts of the country where they have been dim, it is now time that he repays those states with some major infrastructure investment of course.
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Mr Trent Vichie, CEO of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners says the plan has some good ideas: “I think the plan is a step in the right direction.”
“But at the end of the day, there’s only so much the federal government can do to spur private investment because lots of assets are held by states and local municipalities.”
As was to be expected though, Democratically held states were not that welcoming, seeing that the money will mostly flow to rural rather than urban areas.
Democratic Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey claimed that the plan has "a lot of good words associated with it, but not a lot of coin."
"This is probably a fraction of what our state needs or, frankly, the country needs."
His view was, unsurprisingly echoed by Mr Charles Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, who stated that the plan would only create “Trump tolls” across the land.
“Wealthy investors and large banks will want projects that generate a profit. How do they get the profit? By charging middle-class Americans hundreds of dollars a year in tolls.”
”The middle class need not ask from whom this bill tolls, it tolls for thee.”