Richmond, Virginia – Today, the White House released its comprehensive infrastructure plan with a focus on several areas, including an emphasis on a small, limited federal government and a plan to reinvigorate rural America.
According to the White House, “$50 billion of the $200 billion in direct Federal funding will be devoted to a new Rural Infrastructure Program to rebuild and modernize infrastructure in rural America. The bulk of the dollars in the Rural Infrastructure Program will be allocated to State governors, giving States the flexibility to prioritize their communities’ needs. The remaining funds will be distributed through rural performance grants to encourage the best use of taxpayer dollars.”
Returning decision making authority to State and local governments allows localities to have a voice in determining what is actually necessary for their communities. This added freedom will streamline the approval process for many desperately needed projects in the Commonwealth. The cutting of bureaucratic red tape is necessarily the first step in any successful economic venture.
Virginia is in critical need of an infrastructure overhaul, especially after Democrats allowed toll roads in parts of the Commonwealth to skyrocket to as much as $40 one way. Even after multiple warnings from House Republicans, Democrats let tolls get out of control, hurting many Virginians.
Virginia GOP Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following response:
“For too long, politicians in Washington, D.C. have believed they know best what local communities need. Government closest to home is much better equipped to provide for their citizens, and moving power back to the State level will prove beneficial to the entire country.”
“Virginia’s rural communities have been left behind by beltway insiders like Tim Kaine and Ralph Northam, who think Virginia only extends as far south as Fredericksburg. This neglect has been made entirely too evident in Southside Virginia as we have sat idly by and watched employer after employer take their business elsewhere. I am glad to see we finally have a president that cares about rural America.”