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Trump's infrastructure plan is about hurting blue states—even if that means hurting the economy

Trump's infrastructure plan is about hurting blue states—even if that means hurting the economy

Politics
Like the Republican tax bill, Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan is all about hurting blue states, even at the expense of the broader economy.  The White House isn’t being coy about where its priorities lie in the $1.5 trillion proposal, released Monday: Of the $200 billion in actual federal investment called for in the 10-year plan, one-quarter would go to rural areas for purposes as diverse as sewers, highways, airports and broadband. But only 14 percent of people in the U.S. live in non-metropolitan areas. [...] That could spell real trouble for mega projects across the U.S., from the $64 billion high-speed passenger rail line envisioned for California to the $13 billion Gateway project, which would construct a new rail tunnel connecting New Jersey to midtown Manhattan and repair the
Trump’s infrastructure plan has no dedicated money for broadband

Trump’s infrastructure plan has no dedicated money for broadband

Technology
Enlarge / President Donald Trump unveils his infrastructure plan in the State Dining Room at the White House February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla ) President Trump's new 10-year plan for "rebuilding infrastructure in America" doesn't contain any funding specifically earmarked for improving Internet access. Instead, the plan sets aside a pool of funding for numerous types of infrastructure projects, and broadband is one of the eligible categories. The plan's $50 billion Rural Infrastructure Program lists broadband as one of five broad categories of eligible projects. Here's the full list: Transportation: roads, bridges, public transit, rail, airports, and maritime and inland waterway ports. Broadband (and other high-speed data and communication
Rachel Maddow Just Wrecked Trump’s Infrastructure Week

Rachel Maddow Just Wrecked Trump’s Infrastructure Week

Politics
Rachel Maddow used the example of Trump’s acting director who was overseeing rail safety with no experience and a second job as an example of how incompetence and corruption are at the heart of Trump’s “infrastructure week.” Video: Rachel Maddow wrecks Trump's infrastructure week in less than three minutes. #Maddow https://t.co/KgfRoY64OX pic.twitter.com/O9tTJCxpDp — Sarah Reese […] The post Rachel Maddow Just Wrecked Trump’s Infrastructure Week appeared first on Politicus USA.
Even Trump wants a better infrastructure plan, but he'll do it the Republican way

Even Trump wants a better infrastructure plan, but he'll do it the Republican way

Politics
The Trump administration is determined to roll out a major infrastructure plan as soon as Monday, and the basic form of that plan is a foregone conclusion: it’ll rely mostly on “public-private partnerships,” AKA privatizing American infrastructure and pushing state and local governments to pay for things Trump and congressional Republicans won’t allocate money for. But that’s not what Americans want infrastructure investment to look like—and even Trump seems to know it’s not good enough: Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, ended a late January discussion with the president believing he'd finally convinced him that there’s no room in the federal budget for a massive infrastructure spending bill. Reluctantly, Trump agreed: States and private companies would have to s