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The Economics For And Against Trump's Infrastructure Plan


Truck and automobile traffic mix on Interstate 5, headed north through Fife, Wash., in August 2016. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Truck and automobile traffic mix on Interstate 5, headed north through Fife, Wash., in August 2016. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

One area where Democrats are hoping to work together with President-elect Donald Trump is infrastructure.

Before he was elected, the Trump team put out a proposal for infrastructure that would include public-private partnerships and tax credits for companies to invest in roads, bridges and more.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with University of Minnesota professor David Levinson (@trnsprtst) about the economic arguments for and against such a plan, and why infrastructure shouldn’t be thought of as a jobs program. Levinson is also author of the book “The End of Traffic,” and writes the Transportist blog.

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