Statement on Trump's Infrastructure Plan
We’re not fooled by Trump’s so-called infrastructure plan. The infrastructure needs in this country are very real. Whether it’s a lack of clean drinking water, the absence of public transit to get to work, or the recovery after extreme weather events, today’s infrastructure challenges require meaningful investment and a real plan.
A serious plan prioritizes investment in low-income communities and communities of color to address our gaping inequality gap. A serious plan would take a big picture approach to building the infrastructure we need, through meaningful investment in housing, transportation, clean water, and quality schools. These are the kinds of infrastructure investments that would have the broadest positive effect on working families and our shared prosperity. A serious infrastructure plan would address the climate crisis by maximizing investment in green infrastructure. It would include meaningful engagement of local residents in urban, rural and suburban communities. And instead of passing the buck, a real plan would treat local and state governments as partners in protecting infrastructure as a valuable public asset.It represents a huge missed opportunity to create jobs and improve conditions in our communities.
What’s most alarming about the White House’s proposal is that it will actually hurt workers and community members because it will not get us the infrastructure we all need and will rob communities of our public assets by selling them them to the highest bidder. Not only that -- it also rolls back environmental protections and regulations that are designed as a safeguard against dangerous working conditions and public health hazards.
The $200 billion in proposed infrastructure funds must be seen in the context of $240 billion in cuts to infrastructure laid out in Trump’s proposed budget, which was also released on Feb. 12, including $178 billion in cuts to transportation spending alone.
To learn more about what a real infrastructure plan would look like, visit Our Neighborhoods, Our Future, which brings together civil rights, labor, community and environmental groups to stand up against corporate giveaway and privatization plans while fighting to win the infrastructure communities need.