Rural Areas Have High Expectations for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan – DTN
by Todd Neeley (AGFAX) President Donald Trump set out an agenda during the State of Union address on Tuesday that includes a plan to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure.
The Trump plan calls for about $200 billion in federal dollars invested, to spark public/private partnerships to fund some $1.5 trillion in improvements.
DeGood (Kevin DeGood, director of infrastructure policy at the Center for American Progress) said the plan would lead to increases in state and local taxes and user fees, while shifting the cost burden to states and cities.
On Monday, the Soy Transportation Coalition released a wish list of how Congress could improve agriculture-related infrastructure.
That includes, in part, maintenance and rehabilitation of locks and dams; an increase in the federal tax on gasoline and diesel fuel and ensuring rural areas receive the funding they need; funding predictability and reliability for locks and dams; block grants to states to replace the top 20 most critical rural bridges; and grants to states to implement rural bridge load-testing projects.
Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen said any talk of infrastructure needs to include biofuels.
“Too many consumers are being denied access to higher-level ethanol blends because marketers lack the resources to modernize the infrastructure to produce and distribute domestically produced renewable fuels,” he said in a statement.
Dinneen called for expanded availability of E15 and funding for USDA’s Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership program.
National Association of Wheat Growers CEO Chandler Goule said it was “unfortunate” the president did not focus more of his remarks on agriculture. The nearly 90-minute address made no specific mention of NAFTA, ethanol or agriculture. READ MORE