Trump infrastructure plan may help rural states

A portion of President Donald Trump’s massive infrastructure proposal could help to develop America’s rural states such as Alaska, Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan told CNBC on Monday.

Trump’s infrastructure proposal, set to be unveiled Monday, includes $50 billion for rural infrastructure projects, which would certainly be distributed to states inside form of block grants.

“Certain states of which don’t have big populations can’t always develop the toll roads,” Sullivan, who sits on the Senate’s Commerce, Science along with Transportation Committee, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” Tolls typically help recoup the cost of construction along with maintenance.

“There’s going to be a set aside of about 25 percent in of which proposal for rural states,” the Alaska senator added.

Sullivan said there’s an opportunity for a bipartisan-supported infrastructure plan of which includes reform of the permitting process. He has introduced a bill of which would certainly include setting a time limit on federal permit reviews. He said of which will give the private sector incentives to invest.

Sullivan characterized the United States’ current permitting system as “broken.”

“Every mayor, every governor, sees these problems,” Sullivan said. He added he can be in support of “some” federal infrastructure spending yet no more than $0 billion. Trump plans on using $0 billion in federal money over 10 years.

“The White House has been working of which on the Senate along with the Hill for months,” Sullivan said. “Hopefully, we’re going to see a not bad reaction when these principles are announced by the White House today.”

Since his campaign, Trump has stated the U.S. needs a big boost infrastructure spending.

In a tweet Monday, he called for infrastructure investments.

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