State of the Union Address Touts Infrastructure Plan, but Next Steps Unclear

During President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address last night, he broadly outlined the vision for his infrastructure plan, while specific details and strategizing continued behind the scenes. In this State of the Union speech, Trump suggested a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, a substantial increase over the previously touted $1 trillion he suggested be invested in federal infrastructure.

Though funding details were limited in the speech, he noted state and local governments, as well as the private sector, would play a role in leveraging the necessary funds. Referencing the country as a nation of builders, he suggested reforms to the federal-permitting process could help expedite construction and save costs along the way.

Congress will ultimately be responsible for finding the funding and passing the legislation that will rebuild our infrastructure system, but President Trump indicated in his speech that he plans to lend his own influence to seeing this through in 2018. Though infrastructure tends to be a bipartisan issue, as with any issue, the devil is in the details, and finding a way to pay for the investment will be the crux of the challenge.

An infrastructure package would likely include funding for water infrastructure projects, in addition to traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

NGWA will continue to advocate for investment in infrastructure at its annual NGWA Groundwater Fly-In​, taking place March 6-7 in Washington, D.C.

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