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Do citizens really have a say over infrastructure projects? Historically, no.

This post was originally published February 19, 2018 on Eno Transportation Weekly: 

Last week, while speaking on NPR’s All Things Considered about the Trump Administration’s newly released infrastructure plan, D.J. Gribbin, the President’s special assistant for infrastructure policy, argued that infrastructure choices were best made at the local level. “If you go out and you ask the public, you know, where do they want to invest?” he said. “They have much more confidence if they write a check locally.”

The statement implied that, simply by virtue of being taxpayers, most Americans have, or could have, a direct say over the choices officials make about major infrastructure choices.  

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