President Donald Trump’s administration this week confirmed it will provide its long-anticipated infrastructure proposal to Congress in January. The federal package would be split into four buckets: funding for states and localities that promise to take on more of the financial burden of infrastructure building and upkeep; block grants for rural areas; existing federal loan programs; and money for high-impact, “transformational” projects. Presidential special assistant for infrastructure policy DJ Gribbin promised a “robust debate” about the future of transportation investment and the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). At a Dec. 6 Roll Call newspaper event, he reiterated the administration’s desire to cut other parts of the federal budget to generate $200 billion in incentives to leverage $1 trillion of infrastructure investment over 10 years. Gribbin said HTF-supported program budgets will have to match federal motor fuels tax revenues rather than rely on other sources of money, such as those used to bridge the gap in the 2015 surface transportation law. He also noted the Trump administration has taken a “neutral” position on whether to hike the federal gas tax that supports the HTF. The administration first signaled its thoughts about the HTF and the $200 billion earlier this year in its FY2018 budget.