U.S President Donald trump has finally uncovered the blueprint for refurbishing the American infrastructure, which is considered to be a scam by the critics.
Donald Trump is seeking an authorization by the congress for a budget of $200bn which is to be spent over a decade on roads, bridges and airports. He also hopes that the private sector and the US states together could generate over $1.3tn. The infrastructure plan was trump’s election propaganda, which could result in Americans paying more taxes, fees and tolls. Supporting his blueprint Trump added that “we have spent $7trillion in the Middle East, $7trillion. What a mistake”.
The Plan is about spending $50 billion of the public funding on the infrastructure development of the rural areas that had been the pro Trump zone in the elections of 2016. And about $100 billion of funding dedicated for an incentive program to spur additional dedicated funds from states, localities and the private sector. The proposal entitles the state to increase the inter-state highways and other chargeable services like access to the highway rest areas however the state cannot charge for the water and the rest room access. The part of the proposal is to sell the Reagan National and Dulles International Airports near Washington D.C. besides this the plan also seek to reduce the time required for environmental permits.
The plan is not taken well by the democrats, the environmentalist’s and the right wing. The democrats are advocating the public infrastructure funding of five times the amount proposed by the president.as per them after one year of shallow promises Mr. Trump has come up with a “puny” plan. on the other hand Right wing isn’t in favor of any further spending unless there is savings shown elsewhere in the budget to balance it. Some critics even believe that it is a strategy to privatize infrastructure due to which state burden will increase for which citizens will end up paying more taxes and fees.
Some environmentalist believe that the proposal to fasten the procedure for the environmental permit would make the wildlife vulnerable and is a way of filling the pockets of corporates at the cost of environment.
The proposal is to be presented to the congressional leaders on Wednesday, however Mr. Trump has already met the state and local officials including the governors of Louisiana, Wisconsin, Virginia, Maine. The proposal could have a great impact on the mid-term congressional elections due in November this year.