BANGOR – Local municipal leaders and business owners worried about President Trump’s new infrastructure plan gathered in Bangor Thursday to discuss their concerns.
The White House said the plan will turn $200 billion in federal funding into $1.5 trillion in investments by tapping private funding and local revenues with at least a four-to-one local-to-federal match ratio.
Locals, especially those in rural areas of Maine, are concerned.
Brewer business owner Bev Uhlenhake said “The current bill we have before us appears to take the current funding process and flip it on it’s head. And what that appears to do is make the improvements we need to make to infrastructure to be nearly impossible. Our communities that are in biggest needs of improvements are going to have the least ability to do it.”
The owner of the Lubec Brewing Company drove all the way to Bangor to participate in the discussion, saying his rural Washington County town of around 1,000 cannot afford to maintain the roads or bridges without federal dollars.
The Maine Small Business Coalition and those who gathered Thursday urged the state’s congressional leaders and President Trump to rethink the plan.