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Report: Trump Will Release an Infrastructure Plan With No Money In It

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

And that may not be the dumbest part of it.

Trump is reportedly going to release some form of infrastructure spending proposal next month, but it won't actually have any money in it to spend. Instead, it will ask cities and states to raise their own money to pay for it.

The guiding principle of the plan is to shift responsibility for funding from the federal government to states and localities -- which own or control most assets -- by providing incentives for them to generate their own sustainable funding sources and work with the private sector. [...]

“We need to be honest with the American people: failure to find the revenue for an infrastructure initiative now, as part of tax reform, will make passage of such a package nearly impossible in the future,” Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, said in a letter last month to Senate leaders.

No shit, and not just because the federal government's revenue is going to fall off a cliff.

The Republican corporate tax cut bill eliminates most if not all deductions in states, such as New York and California, that actually do spend a lot of money on infrastructure. It's far more likely that cities and states will spend less money on infrastructure if the GOP tax bill is signed into law.

The GOP bill will put downward pressure on all governments and Republicans don't want to stop there. They also wanted to cut vital state-based programs like Medicaid.

Ironically, the large and wealthy blue states may be the only states that could afford to adjust. Smaller red states, which are among the poorest in the nation, don't stand a chance. You try telling Alabama, or Louisiana, or Mississippi that they must fund all of their own infrastructure, all of their own health care, and anything else Republicans in Washington want to cut.

Of course I say that while Alabama moves closer to electing a credibly-accused child molester who will vote for any batshit proposal you put in front of him.

The Republican party is a suicide cult.

  • swift_4

    I have a plan to fix all our nation’s troubles. I’ve written a bill that will require all unicorns to use their magic to solve problems.

    If it doesn’t work, then, hey – it’s the unicorns fault.

  • muselet

    This is actually quite an achievement. The Trump administration will release a plan that’s nothing but magic asterisks. They said it couldn’t be done, and yet it’s coming soon to a nightmare near you.

    To quote Mal Reynolds, “Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle.”

    –alopecia

  • OT but Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) is resigning today from Congress. I’m betting there is a scandal about the break. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say.

    • He asked an employee to be a surrogate mother

      • I don’t see how that is a something he needs to resign over. I don’t even see how it’s sexual harassment UNLESS he was proposing to have sex with them and surrogacy was simply a “cover story”.

  • fry1laurie

    GOP Federalism: shift taxation from Federal Govt. to State Govts., where balanced budgets are required by law. The perfect scheme for gutting all major federal programs.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Fuck it.

    Fine. I live in New York. If Alabama doesn’t want my money, I don’t need to give it to them. Let’s see how this plays out.

    It’s like the red states have absolutely no clue that they are the net receivers of federal wealth redistribution. I say screw it. Shut down all the redistribution for a few years.. let ’em come crawling back.

    • They have absolutely no clue. None. Fox News told them they’re the nice responsible tax payers, so by god something something.
      Sense those salt of the earth so-and-sos claim to be against redistribution of wealth, I’m sure they will agree with you.