U.S. Conference of Mayors Lobbies for Federal Infrastructure Funding
"Looking to bypass states, U.S. mayors are pressing for direct funding to flow from the federal government to cities as part of the $1 trillion infrastructure package that President Trump has identified as a priority for his administration," reports Bill Lucia.
Lucia is referring to a recent visit to Capitol Hill by 40 members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors earlier in March. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, currently the president of the organization, provides several sound bites for the article, but the jist of each is the same: when federal infrastructure funding goes to states, cities see none of the benefit.
Though the meetings were short on details, "Cornett suggested a formula akin to the one used for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program could be used to distribute federal infrastructure money to cities."