The administration official said to expect the president to travel in the coming weeks and months around the country to promote the infrastructure plan - along with Cabinet officials similar to how the White House sold the tax plan.
But only $200 billion of the $1.5 trillion would come from federal money. Funding for federal-aid highways, including interstates, is usually allocated in an 80-20 federal-state split.
It will propose as well that states that accept federal funds for infrastructure projects would have to accept workers with out-of-state skilled-trades licenses on those projects. That includes funding cuts to existing federal transit programs, the TIGER grant program "and things where the administration thinks that infrastructure funds haven't been spent efficaciously", said a senior administration official.
But shifting the financial burden onto states and local governments, and to private groups, is what drew criticism.
Under Trump's plan, though, the federal government presumably would take a back seat even in paying for large projects that could have a widespread impact, like the NY region's effort to replace damaged and traffic-choked passenger rail tunnels under the Hudson River.
Former President Barack Obama offered to pay half of the estimated $14 billion for the Gateway Project, with NY and New Jersey splitting the rest. Another $20 billion will go to "transformative programs", or infrastructure projects rooted in promoting new or innovative ideas.
But the way that most of the new money under the Trump plan would be spent would be a sharp departure from how many transportation projects, in particular, are now funded.
The plan involves around $200 billion in federal funding over 10 years, to be taken from cuts to other programs, including $100 billion in incentives to state and local governments to stimulate spending on infrastructure including highways, ports, and airports reports Reuters. Under the White House plan, current environmental permitting rules would be "streamlined" - to use the administration's term - to accommodate a wide range of infrastructure projects.
The second way the White House says the system is broken is in the lengthy federal permitting process, which officials say can take five to 10 years or longer, driving up costs. These governments can then apply to federal agencies for some percentage of matching funds to complete the financings.
In its background briefing, the White House said the permitting overhaul would require both actions by Congress and regulatory changes that could be accomplished under executive authority.
At the Conference of Mayors in January, Gribbin explained that the Trump administration would not be proposing a specific funding mechanism for the infrastructure plan, saying that will be a conversation with Congress. The official added that they are working to make sure that they do not engage in "project-picking".
"The Governor is being briefed on the plan tomorrow by (White House economic adviser) Gary Cohn and will have a comment afterward", said Cuomo spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer. As of the 2012-13 school year, 53 percent of public schools needed to spend money on repairs, renovations, or modernizations to attain "good overall condition", at a total cost of about $197 billion, according to a federal report.
Government auditors note Congress transferred $140 billion to the Highway Trust Fund from 2008 through 2015.
The plan would make numerous other changes to the approval processes, but the White House official said the administration would not ask for changes to the major provisions of signature environmental laws, such as the Endangered Species Act or the Clean Water Act.
Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Mick Mulvaney said President Donald Trump's 2018 budget request will show lawmakers "how you can run the government without spending all" available money.