Why Not to Bet on a $1 Trillion Infrastructure Deal

Why Not to Bet on a $1 Trillion Infrastructure Deal

President Donald Trump and key Democrats are talking about a possible grand bargain on infrastructure, with each side suggesting they could cooperate on a trillion dollar plan if control of the House flips next month. But basic math and the tortured history of past infrastructure initiatives suggest they are likely to be disappointed once again.

It's been just eight months since Trump unfurled a $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal that promptly sank without a trace in the Congress his party controls. Republicans and outside conservative groups fretted at the cost, while Democrats feared that the details of Trump's plan would shortchange blue states and cities like New York while shredding environmental safeguards.

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