Quarles meets with Trump, others at White House to discuss infrastructure proposal

02/14/2018 08:10 AM

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles met with President Trump and others, including Ivanka Trump at the White House on Monday as the administration unveiled a sweeping proposal to rework infrastructure in the United States.

Quarles, who was the lone state agriculture commissioner at the unveiling of the plan on Monday, lauded the $200 billion plan which would set aside $50 billion in block grants for projects in rural America. Trump intends on generating up to $1.5 trillion in total with the use of state and private money for infrastructure projects.

The Republican Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner hopes the Commonwealth can make use of the block grants to build and modernize infrastructure, establish high-speed internet access, as well as repair existing roads, bridges, locks, and dams, and construct new ones.

“I think this is a great idea, whenever you can return control to state and local government, particularly, when it comes to prioritizing infrastructure projects,” he said, adding that Kentucky could benefit on building out internet access to rural Kentucky.

According to some reports, the block grants would be doled out based on miles of rural roads and the extent of the rural population. Quarles sees the plan as an opportunity for Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, and others to tailor a specific proposal to capture some of those funds.

Watch the full interview on infrastructure in the clip below.

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  • Charlie wrote on February 14, 2018 12:31 PM :

    Commissioner Quarles and the Trump Administration understands the needs of rural America, especially in regards to access to high speed internet. Getting data in and out of our communities is much akin to rural electrification in the 20th century. Kudos.

  • Tom Coe wrote on February 14, 2018 05:08 PM :

    Why is Quarles involved in this?? Did we pay for his trip to Washington? Will we send the Auditor to the next big Agricultural unveiling in Washington? What a bunch of crap!

  • Heza Putz wrote on February 15, 2018 12:43 PM :

    With just a couple of calls Ivanka can get a heck of a deal on Chinese steel.

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