Apart from natural antipathy to any Trump proposal no matter what, Connecticut Democrats viewed the Trump infrastructure plan as an odd fit for a state situated at the heart of the Northeast transportation corridor from Washington to Boston.
Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, said that although Connecticut overall sends more money in taxes to Washington than it gets back in federal spending, it has over decades actually gotten more of a return from the federal government for transportation infrastructure.
Connecticut, Esty said, is in effect being punished for the age and disrepair of its infrastructure.
“It’s far easier to build new infrastructure faster cheaper than it is to fix older infrastructure already in place,” Esty said. “I would argue we should get more support, not less, in recognition of our place in the backbone of the Eastern seaboard.”
Faster and cheaper to build new infrastructure than to fix the existing? Why haven't we used the trillions of dollars we've already collected to do that purselike? Well, here's the answer: our legislature has neglected our roads, railways and bridges for decades upon decades. It now claims that we deserve a larger slice of the pie to make up for our diversion of funds to social welfare payments and union wage hikes. I suspect that the rest of the country will be unsympathetic to our plea, and why not? Chickens, welcome back to the roost.