President Trump unveils $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Just one day after revealing a $1.5 trillion plan to fix the nation's roads and bridges, President Trump is promising to donate three month's salary toward the effort. 

President Trump also says he is returning power to the states with his new $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. 

"To me this is a very sexy, sexy topic. The media doesn't think so, but I do," said Mr. Trump. 

The president then backed up his comments when announcing Tuesday that he would be donating his 3 month salary towards the project. 

Here in East Texas, lawmakers say they're hopeful the infrastructure proposal will help, (R) Texas District 1 Sen. Bryan Hughes said, "This could mean great things. My biggest concern is the price tag." 

The plan as it sits, would rely 80% of the funding to future projects to come from local government.

Smith County Commissioner Terry Phillips said, "To my knowledge, it is for projects that already have the shovel in the dirt so to speak. The projects that have already been approved by the public." 

That would include the $39.5M Smith County road and bridges bond that was approved by taxpayers in 2017.

"It would be great if something like this brought an extra 20% funding towards our efforts. We could fix 20% more roads in Smith County, said Phillips. 

Smith County Commissioner Cary Nix agreed saying, "I would like to see more of the plan. As long as there is no red tape or strings attached, it could mean positive. Whether it's national, state or county, you're always dealing with infrastructure issues." 

(R) District 6 Rep. Matt Shaefer said, "This is positive for everyone. This is one thing that when the project is done, the taxpayer can say there's a tangible something that benefits everyone. Rich or poor you're driving down the road you're going to benefit from it. 

I-20 is a concern for both county and state officials, they all agree a plan to improve the areas stretching across Texas should be a future planned project. 

"If this plan comes through, we just want to make sure Texas gets the respect and treatment it deserves," said Hughes. 

Right now the plan still needs to make it through congress and as we all know, that could take a long time. 

 


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