POP QUIZ: What grade does America get in the subject of infrastructure?
Well, according to The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), it's a D+ for us! Our infrastructure situation is so bad that even Trump knows it.
But come on, teach! We have sooooo many...roads and things. We built every single one with...materials and such! Unfortunately, the ASCE's D+ rating means that a lot of the country's public works are in less than ideal condition and at risk of failure. Here's a fun graph for more detail:
Trump's plan also calls for:
To begin, no one actually expects Congress to pass this. There are disagreements over how to pay for it, a busy legislative calendar, midterms, blah blah blah. That said, people are worried about whether this plan actually addresses our infrastructure needs.
Rather than creating new sources of revenue to fund investment, the White House calls for cutting funding to transportation programs like as Amtrak. (You know, the old fund infrastructure by cutting other infrastructure plan?) The Center for American progress has counted $281 billion in infrastructure cuts in Trump's budget. Many are also worried about the plan's negative impact on the environment, and Republicans are worried about the effects of yet another law that adds to the deficit.
Most concerningly, this plan would place a major burden on state and local officials to find revenue, and many are worried that investments from private investors are all they will find. That means that only projects that generate revenue (tolls, airports, etc) will get updates - everything else will keep crumbling.
Looks like that D+ will be staying for a while.