Trump to tout plan in Ohio visit

The Joplin Globe

June 06–Donald Trump will make his first trip to Ohio as President on Wednesday when he visits an Ohio River marina in Cincinnati to talk up his $1 trillion proposal for a national infrastructure upgrade.

The topic for President Trump’s planned appearance at the Rivertowne Marina will be inland waterways. The Ohio River, which separates Ohio and Kentucky at Cincinnati, is part of a 12,000-mile system of inland waterways.

According to the White House, locks and dams are failing and federal funding is billions of dollars behind the need for repairs.

The White House has suggested that $8.7 billion worth of system improvements could be financed through a fee on users. The Trump Administration proposes to pay for upgrades by switching from federal tax revenue to user fees.

“Funds that are paid for the use of the system will have to be spent on the system and not diverted through Washington, D.C.,” according to a White House statement.

The Trump plan would empower state and local governments to make the improvements needed in the infrastructure, the White House said.

The President campaigned on the need for a $1 trillion national infrastructure investment, but has released few details. On Monday, he proposed to privatize air-traffic controllers.

Mr. Trump held a post-election rally in Cincinnati Dec. 1.

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