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President Trump’s budget request severely undercuts stated commitment to investing in infrastructure

Our nation’s infrastructure serves as the backbone for economic growth and prosperity. The Administration’s proposed budget falls short of prioritizing investment in the local communities that are the basic building block of the national economy. We urge leaders to uphold their promise to the American people and reinvest in our nation’s communities. This budget also entirely eliminates funding for building new public transportation lines and service. While it will theoretically allow the small number of new transit construction projects with federal funding agreements already in hand to proceed, ending this program threatens the ability of local communities.

Key Takeaways:

  • President Trump’s budget proposal cuts the U.S. Department of Transportation’s discretionary budget by 13%, which will end several infrastructure programs.
  • The proposed cuts come after Trump had promised during his campaign to make $1 trillion in infrastructure investments.
  • This budget will put more pressure on already overstretched local governments and entirely eliminates funding for building new public transportation lines and service.

“Earlier today, President Trump released his budget proposal for FY 2018 that cuts the U.S. Department of Transportation’s discretionary budget by 13 percent, ends the popular TIGER competitive grant program, eliminates the New & Small Starts transit construction program, and terminates funding for long-distance passenger rail funding, among other notable cuts.”

http://t4america.org/2017/03/16/president-trumps-budget-request-severely-undercuts-stated-commitment-investing-infrastructure/