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Presidential Transition Issues to Watch: Infrastructure Spending

Another issue to watch as we transition from President Barack Obama to President-Elect Donald Trump is infrastructure spending.

During his election victory speech, President-Elect Trump declared "We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals... We're going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of people to work as we rebuild it."

Both sides agree that America's infrastructure needs serious attention. However, infrastructure issues may take a different form than what we traditionally picture.


  • The Flint water crisis grabbed the Nation's attention and highlighted the inefficiencies of many inner city public water systems. Funding solutions will be necessary for upgrades and prevention from lead poisoning from old pipes.
  • Transit in large cities is also moving to the forefront of infrastructure funding as more people and jobs gravitate to urban areas. 
  • Airport funding is popping up in more legislative conversations after years of under-investment.


With a Republican-controlled Congress, do not expect the gas tax to be raised. It is likely that Congress will leave the fate of the gas tax to state legislatures and local governments who will also be pressured to find ways to fund infrastructure on their own. 

Some states are even debating phasing out fuel taxes altogether and replacing them with mileage fees or some variation of sales taxes.



A view of the U.S. Capitol during the Summer of 2015 while on vacation.

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