WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - President Trump is meeting with governors this week at the White House to tackle issues, like infrastructure. Governor Jeff Colyer – in town for a national convention of governors – is pushing the administration to cut regulations and let states have more control over projects.
Governors from around the country convened in the nation's capital to discuss how the federal government can support new infrastructure projects. Roads, bridges, highways and Internet access are top of mind for leaders, including Governor Jeff Colyer.
“I’m a fifth-generation Kansan, I’m also a surgeon and I think that we need to get results," said Colyer.
Colyer and the Trump administration are pushing to cut down on the years it usually takes to approve large new projects. They also want to see the federal government let states take control of the wheel, especially in rural America.
“It should not take us five, six, seven years... We can’t allow that to happen anymore," said Colyer.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is involved in ongoing talks for a national infrastructure overhaul. Zinke says rural states need a boost to compete with coastal states, so a federal plan should put 25 percent of funds toward rural broadband access.
“States like Montana or Idaho, they know more than what they need than Washington, DC, so it’s pushing the authority to make the decisions on infrastructure down to the lowest level," said Zinke.
Zinke says the administration is close to releasing more proposals, including a plan to make a large investment in the national park system.