Push to get more local say in federal infrastructure funding

By Audrey Wise

May 14, 2014 Updated May 14, 2014 at 10:45 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill -- Some area lawmakers are making a push for more local say when it comes to funding infrastructure projects.

Currently, state's use federal infrastructure money at their discretion.

Representative Rodney Davis (R) said this bi-partisan measure would set aside a portion of federal dollars then give local communities a stronger voice to invest funds into innovative projects.

Representative Davis said it's extremely important to update the nation's infrastructure in the coming years.

"There's never a shortage of large infrastructure projects and small infrastructure projects that somebody like me as a policymaker has to be aware of and to be sure that if we're going to make federal investments in infrastructure improvements that those dollars are going to impact not only the most people, but the best projects," said Davis.

The bill will be introduced in the House next week.

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