Concerns Raised Over Trump Administration's Proposed Infrastructure Funding Limits
"If the principles undergirding President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan are any indication, New York and New Jersey are going to have to scrounge up more money than expected to build a new tunnel beneath the Hudson River," according to an article by Dana Rubinstein.
Rubinstein is referring to the substance included in a leaked draft of the Trump Administration's long-promised infrastructure plan. The key point of concern to supporters of the Gateway project: the document's commitment to limits on grant funding. The 20 percent limit proposed by the document is "a good deal less than what project planners had been hoping for, though not completely surprising, given the administration's recent rhetoric on the issue," according to Rubinstein.
Rubinstein tried and failed to get comments on the draft from high-ranking members of Congress and from the Trump Administration. Local and regional officials were more than happy to use the strongest possible terms in denouncing the 20 percent limit and its potential to harm ongoing infrastructure planning and construction.