‘Fix the damn roads’: States step in after Trump’s plans stall

Governors in at least 11 states, including Michigan, Ohio and Connecticut, are pushing for new taxes, bond sales and tolls to raise money for long-needed work on roads, bridges and transit systems after President Donald Trump failed to enact a major infrastructure plan.

The push to raise billions of dollars comes after a crop of new governors from both parties took office in January. The proposals by state officials, many of whom pledged during their campaigns to boost spending for public works, marks an early effort to set their agendas and reflects expectations that there won’t be money coming from a federal government dealing with a rising budget deficit and a politically divided Congress.

“Because folks aren’t waiting for Washington anymore, it creates extra impetus at the state level,” said Adie Tomer, an infrastructure expert at the Brookings Institution.