Trump talks infrastructure initiative on Kentucky border
On Wednesday, President Trump held an invite-only event in Cincinnati, OH, to discuss his plans for infrastructure.
Earlier this week, the White House said, “The president aims to give states and localities the ability to address their own critical infrastructure needs and to collaborate with private enterprises where it makes sense.”
In his speech at the Rivertowne Marina, Trump revealed his infrastructure plans include $1 trillion in public and private investment. Trump says it is “time to rebuild our country to bring back our jobs, to restore our dreams.”
There are few specifics of Trump’s infrastructure plans, but Bloomberg reports that over the next 10 years, Trump plans to dedicate $200 billion to federal funding and $800 billion to state funding.
“We will buy American and we will hire American,” Trump said, urging it is time for the United States to look out for its own best interests.
Referencing his dedication to infrastructure progression, Trump referenced his decision to approve the Dakota access pipeline, where other politicians did not.
An anticipated topic that Trump did not mention was the Brent Spence bridge, which connects Kentucky and Ohio. The Brent Spence Bridge has been deemed “structurally obsolete,” and there is a large need to fund and build a sister bridge.
Continuing Trump’s infrastructure conversation, the Kentucky Chamber has invited Elaine Chao, United States Transportation Secretary, to speak at the 2017 annual Business Summit at the end of July. Chao is a Kentucky resident and wife of Senator Mitch McConnell. Before this role, Chao has an MBA from Harvard Business School was the CEO United Way of America and Director of the Peace Corps.
The Kentucky Chamber is focused on improving infrastructure across the state. In May, the Kentucky released “A Citizen’s Guide to Kentucky Infrastructure,” which points out the key issues and proposed solutions to Kentucky’s infrastructure.