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White House 'Encouraged' By Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Rep. Esty Helped Write

Hartford Courant 2018-01-11 19:03:00

The White House is “encouraged” by a new bipartisan infrastructure plan that Rep. Elizabeth Esty co-authored.

Esty serves on the House transportation committee and is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, the bipartisan group that released the plan this week.

Recommendations in the plan include changes to the gasoline tax and a “modest” annual registration fee on fully electric and hybrid vehicles.

“We are encouraged to see the Problem Solvers Caucus echo the president’s priorities of increasing infrastructure investment, streamlining the permitting process, making government more efficient, enhancing American competitiveness, and focusing on the needs of rural communities,” said Lindsay Walters, a White House deputy press secretary. “We hope to continue to work through any potential differences in order to achieve our shared goal of rebuilding our country’s crumbling infrastructure.”

President Donald Trump has been talking for months about a massive infrastructure bill, but nothing has been introduced to date. Democrats are hopeful that infrastructure could be an area to find common ground with Trump.

“You cannot build a 21st century economy with a mid-20th century infrastructure,” Esty said. “It’s time for infrastructure.”

The report was released the same day that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said $4.3 billion in state infrastructure projects would be postponed unless state lawmakers appropriate money to the state’s special transportation fund.

Malloy plans to offer his own proposal for new transportation funding later this month before the General Assembly begins its 2018 session. He has not ruled out highway tolls or increases in gasoline or sales taxes as potential options.

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