BUDGET/EPA/TRUMP PEOPLE/SCOTT PRUITT: “President Donald Trump pushed his White House team on Wednesday [3-8-17] to craft a plan for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending that would pressure states to streamline local permitting, favor renovation of existing roads and highways over new construction and prioritize projects that can quickly begin construction.
Mr. Trump said he would was inclined to give states 90 days to start projects, and asked Scott Pruitt, the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to provide a recommendation. He expressed interest in building new high-speed railroads, inquired about the possibility of auctioning the broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers, and asked for more details about the Hyperloop, a project envisioned by Tesla founder Elon Musk that would rapidly transport passengers in pods through low-pressure tubes.”

-Michael C. Bender, “Trump Begins to Map Out $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan,” The Wall Street Journal online, March 8, 2017