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Infrastructure Plan Draft: 25 Percent Going to Rural Areas

Infrastructure Plan Draft: 25 Percent Going to Rural Areas
A man walks on the Walnut St. Bridge over the Susquehanna River, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on April 30, 2017. (Bastiaan Slabbers/AP)

Monday, 22 January 2018 04:44 PM

A draft of a Trump administration infrastructure plan reportedly aims to devote 25 percent of its appropriation to rural areas for projects to make transportation more efficient and boost access to broadband.

The leaked plan, posted by Axios on Monday, doesn't give dollar estimates for the funding involved.

According to the rural initiative, there'd be five targets for spending — besides transportation and broadband access, the draft also outlines water and waste, power and electric, and water resources.

The initiative calls for block grant funding for areas with fewer than 50,000 residents, with money made available to each governor based on the rural area in one state in relation to all states, and the total adjusted rural population.

"States are incentivized to partner with local and private investment for completion and operation of projects under this program," the document states.

The biggest appropriation — 50 percent — would provide "incentives in the form of grants" to spur "state, local and private investment in core infrastructure" and apply to new "transportation, airport, rail, maritime and inland waterway ports, flood control, water supply, hydropower, water resources drinking water facilities, storm water facilities" and cleanup of toxic sites, the leaked document showed.

President Donald Trump has previously promoted a $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

The White House declined to comment on the new document.

According to the Washington Examiner, Trump's expected to roll the plan out before or during his first State of the Union address next Tuesday.

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