Feb. 2, 2018
By Walt Williams
President Donald Trump earned generally high marks from business groups for his State of the Union address Jan. 30, but some associations used the opportunity to urge lawmakers to enact a meaningful immigration overhaul and protect free trade agreements. Trump also called for a $1.5 trillion investment in infrastructure. Many association leaders welcomed this policy proposal in statements reacting to the speech:
"The American Public Transportation Association and its 1,500 public and private members were encouraged that President Trump talked about the critical need to move forward with an infrastructure initiative,” said CEO Paul Skoutelas. However, he also expressed concern about “recent news reports” indicating the administration plans to cut funding for transit to help pay for other projects.
Kevin Burke, CEO of the Airports Council International-North America, urged lawmakers not to forget about the nation’s airports, which have $100 billion in infrastructure needs through 2021.