White House Meets with State DOTs to Explain Funding

September 5, 2017
Trump administration says the infrastructure package will be broken into three pieces.

At last Wednesday's infrastructure meeting between the White House and 150 state and local officials, the administration said the coming infrastructure package will be broken into three pieces.

According to a report on TheHill.com, Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, said, “We’re looking at breaking this up into pieces. The largest piece of the package is going to be wrapped around incentives."

Mulvaney said the legislation will likely consist of three major components, starting with an emphasis on providing money for projects that already have some level of local or private funding. Mulvaney said a project that is close to completion but could use an injection of federal resources to finalize the job would be an example.

The second component will focus on rural areas, as the White House recognizes that rural projects may not always be good candidates for the private financing model.

The rest of the money in the proposal will be funneled towards the “transformative stuff,” such as new ways of building roads, tunnels and bridges, Mulvaney said.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the plan is not yet final but that states and cities that secure some private-sector financing "will be given higher-priority access to new federal funds."

For more, read White House Brings in State DOT Officials, Others to Discuss Infrastructure Plans in the AASHTO Journal.

image: Minnesota DOT