President Trump is promising to streamline the federal approval process for building roads, bridges, pipelines and tunnels, a move Gov. Phil Bryant said he would welcome.
Bryant said it would help Mississippi and other states “if we can get some of the overburden, deregulation out of infrastructure management.”
“Look, we understand some is necessary, particularly with the environment — nobody cares more about the land, water and air more than we do,” Bryant said Thursday. “But 25 percent, for example, of dollars now spent on the budget for transportation goes to things other than infrastructure — maintenance, repair and construction.”
Bryant joined other lawmakers, including several governors from the Gulf Coast, at a summit on infrastructure at the White House Thursday. The event was one of several the White House hosted during what it called “Infrastructure Week.”