Trump suggests 90-day deadline for states to start infrastructure projects: report

Trump suggests 90-day deadline for states to start infrastructure projects: report
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President Trump is eyeing a plan that would require states to begin infrastructure projects within 90 days of receiving federal funding, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Trump's plan would be aimed at pressuring states to streamline their local permitting process, emphasize renovation of roads and highways over the construction of new ones and prioritize projects that are ready to quickly begin construction, according to the report.

“We’re not going to give the money to states unless they can prove that they can be ready, willing and able to start the project,” Trump said during a private meeting with aides and business executives, according to the newspaper.

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“We don’t want to give them money if they’re all tied up for seven years with state bureaucracy,” he added.

Among the infrastructure projects Trump reportedly expressed interest in is the construction of high-speed railways.

The Journal also reported that Trump sought more information on Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s “Hyperloop,” a transportation concept aimed at moving passengers at extremely high speeds through low-pressure tubes.

“America has always been a nation of great promise, because we dream big,” Trump said. “We’re going to really dream big now.”

During an address to a joint session of Congress last week, Trump called for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending. The president said he would address that plan after lawmakers tackle healthcare and tax reform.