Clinton, Trump tackle infrastructure issues from different angles

Election 2016

Clinton, Trump tackle infrastructure issues from different angles

Few elections in history have done as little to build bridges as this one such is the enmity between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

At least these presidential candidates can agree that building real bridges – as well as roads, airports and other infrastructure is important.

But as CCTV America’s Owen Fairclough reports, the cost keeps going up and in some cases can be a matter of life and death.

Clinton, Trump tackle infrastructure issues from different angles

Clinton, Trump tackle infrastructure issues from different angles

Few elections in history have done as little to build bridges as this one such is the enmity between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. At least these presidential candidates can agree that building real bridges – as well as roads, airports and other infrastructure is important. But as CCTV America’s Owen Fairclough reports, the cost keeps going up and in some cases can be a matter of life and death.

It was described as structurally deficient – in other words, worn out. There are around 60,000 structurally deficient bridges across the US. It’s a constant challenge for engineers.

It would cost around $100 billion to repair them all at once. And that’s just bridges – America’s airports and roads require massive investment as well. One study said infrastructure spending to 2025 falls short by more than a trillion dollars.

But at least it’s one area of agreement between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Yet they have very different ideas on how to pay for it. Clinton’s plan would rise up to $275 billion, through what she said would be “business tax reforms.” Congressional approval could prove tricky.

Trump said his plan centered on tax breaks to private investors, would spur needed projects and cost the government far less.


Chuck DeVore and Todd Furniss on both candidates views on federal vs private investment in infrastructure

For more about both candidates views on federal vs private investment in infrastructure, CCTV America’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke with Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Vice President of Policy, Chuck DeVore, and GlendonTodd Capital CEO and Managing Partner, Todd Furniss.