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Your Call: Who's paying for the nation's needed infrastructure upgrade?

Minesweeper on May 14, 2005 / Used Under CC
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Looking south above Interstate 80

How does private financing for public infrastructure work?

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says the Trump administration’s $1 trillion dollar infrastructure plan will include transportation, energy, water and potentially broadband and veterans hospitals. Rather than just directly funding projects, Chao says the plan is to offer tax incentives to encourage public-private partnerships. We’ll look at the outlines of the administration's plan, and the history of private investment in public infrastructure.


Kevin DeGood, director of infrastructure policy at the Center for American Progress

David Dayen, freelance reporter and contributor to the Nation and the Intercept, and author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud

Web Resources:

The Center for American Progress: The Hazards of Noncompete Clauses in Public-Private Partnership Deals

The American Society of Civil Engineers

New York Times: In American Towns, Private Profits From Public Works

VOX: Donald Trump's infrastructure plan wouldn't actually fix America's infrastructure problems

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.