Democrats say the proposal would help create jobs necessary to help the economy recover after the coronavirus pandemic. While the Trump administration this week also floated more infrastructure spending, it would likely face stiff opposition in the Senate.
From grant matching to community engagement teams, officials who oversee state broadband grants say it’s important to require communities and companies that receive public funding to meet certain benchmarks.
Business executives told attendees at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C. that a simplified permitting process would encourage the private sector to engage on infrastructure projects.
After two historic floods in less than two years, officials in Ellicott City, Maryland, are putting their hopes in a long-term rebuilding plan that officials say aims to balance recovery and resiliency with historic preservation.