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Gov. Doug Ducey to attend infrastructure summit at White House

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PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will attend an infrastructure summit at the White House later this week, his office said Tuesday.

Ducey will join other governors and mayors from across the country at the summit, along with President Donald Trump.

Details about the summit were scarce, but it was thought Trump would highlight his efforts to muster public and private funding to overhaul the highway, waterway, electrical and airway systems on which the nation depends.

The summit was part of the White House’s self-proclaimed “Infrastructure Week.”

It began with Trump appearing Monday with aviation officials and some prominent GOP lawmakers to announce plans to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system and separate operations from the Federal Aviation Administration.

“We live in a modern age yet our air traffic control system is stuck, painfully, in the past,” Trump said, noting the FAA had been working to upgrade the system for years.

The president planned to travel to Ohio on Wednesday to address ways of improving levees, dams and locks along inland waterways that are crucial to agricultural exports.

The details of the plans have yet to be fleshed out. According to Trump’s budget proposal, the funding would come from $200 billion in tax breaks over nine years that would then — in theory — leverage $1 trillion worth of construction.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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