Democratic presidential candidates are promising big fixes to the nation’s roads, bridges, and waterways through massive trillion-dollar infrastructure plans but are balking at the idea of raising the federal gas tax.
Hoping to win back rural voters this year, the leading Democratic presidential candidates are providing detailed proposals to shore up farm income ranging all the way from boosting commodity program rates to imposing New Deal-style supply controls.
All of the leading Democratic presidential candidates are calling for major increases in spending for roads, bridges, rural broadband and other infrastructure needs, but the plans differ sharply in scope as well as in how the candidates plan to pay for them.
Agricultural policy has seldom received as much attention as it has in this presidential campaign as Democrats vie for ways to cut into President Donald Trump’s rural base and win Iowa’s first-in-the-nation’s caucuses amid heightened anxiety about the farm economy.
Democratic presidential candidates looking to break through in rural areas are seeking advice on farm policy from activists, farmers, economists and organizations, and those ideas are popping on the stump, in detailed policy proposals as well as in debates.
Pete Buttigieg, making a bid for rural voters in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, proposed Tuesday to repopulate struggling communities by offering special visas to immigrants who agree to move to those towns.