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Ex-Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell: Trump Infrastructure Plan 'A Joke'

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:13 PM

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has come out swinging at President Donald Trump's $200 billion infrastructure plan which relies on cities, states and private investors to push the total amount to $1.5 trillion.

"It's a joke. There is no plan. The American Society of Civil Engineers says to get our infrastructure back to 'fair' condition, we have to spend $2 trillion in the next 10 years above what we've been spending," Rendell said on WBUR Radio's "Here & Now" program.

"The Trump plan only devotes $200 billion, that's $20 billion a year, to the infrastructure revitalization — that's 10 percent of what the American Society of Civil Engineers recommends.

"And they're not doing it with new revenue, they're doing it by cutting other parts of the budget. So we're not even sure that they'll get to $20 billion a year on a yearly basis. So it's a joke."

Rendell, a Democrat who served as Pennsylvania's 45th governor from 2003 to 2011 and as mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000, said Trump had promised during his presidential campaign to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure to fix the nation's crumbling roads and bridges.

"He's not doing that, he's spending 20 percent of that. The president said he was gonna do big projects. There's practically no money in there for big projects. It's a joke," Rendell said.

"They can spend $341 million giving a tax cut to real estate developers — which they just did — and yet only spend $200 billion on infrastructure that affects every American. It's a cruel hoax."

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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell slammed President Donald Trump's $200 billion infrastructure plan which relies on cities, states and private investors to push the total amount to $1.5 trillion as "a joke."
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