Leftists in San Francisco have been forced to admit President Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan is a good one.
“He’s really the first person from his party to name a number and say we’re going to shoot for that number,” said Jim Wunderman, president and chief executive of the Bay Area Council, a business-backed public policy group. “It’s different to have a Republican president say ‘We’re going to spend money on infrastructure’ and mean it.”
The proposal President Trump announced in his State of the Union address last week was directed at fulfilling a major campaign promise. He set the goal at $1.5 trillion, and called on Congress to deliver legislation that meets that number by leveraging state and local money and “where appropriate” tapping private funds.
The President also wants to shave the permit process for new infrastructure projects to two years or less.
Naturally, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that clueless Leftists in Congress are already lining up against the proposal. Nice roads and safe bridges aren’t cool if they come from President Trump.
Democratic Rep. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord, who sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with Denham, called Trump’s plan a “con job.” So don’t expect the lines at the bay bridge toll plaza to go away anytime soon.
DeSaulnier said Trump’s plan relies on “voodoo financing” that “doesn’t begin to address the $1.5 trillion we need,” while trying to “privatize as much of infrastructure as possible.”
DeSaulnier knows a thing or two about voodoo financing, having served in the state legislature before heading to Congress.