FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2017

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NATIONAL — Last night during his address, President Trump called on Congress to support legislation that “produces” a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure to be financed through “public and private capital.” Progressive and civil rights organizations, anchored by Partnership for Working Families and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, announced that they will vigorously oppose any plan based primarily on corporate giveaways that undermine working families. Below is their statement:

“America needs massive investments in the public assets and services that most directly impact our lives. Everyone deserves access to clean drinking water, affordable and efficient transportation, good schools, accessible childcare, the most modern internet connections, and safe towns and cities. A strong infrastructure plan would focus on rebuilding our neighborhoods and communities and creating good jobs for those who need them the most, rather than on filling billionaires’ wallets and building projects that extract wealth from our communities. We will strongly oppose any plan based on corporate giveaways at every turn and continue to fight for working families and local communities to have a real say in designing and building our future.”

While the President’s speech was thin on details, before the election Trump’s economic advisers outlined a plan based on $137 billion in tax credits for private investors. This plan would not only give massive tax cuts to corporations, but also fail to provide the kind of job creation and investment in communities that a strong plan requires.

The following organizations issued the statement above:

  • Partnership for Working Families
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  • Center for Popular Democracy Action
  • Demos
  • Gamaliel
  • In the Public Interest
  • Jobs with Justice
  • National Black Worker Center Project
  • National Guestworker Alliance
  • National Resource Defense Council (NRDC)
  • PolicyLink
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • State Innovation Exchange (SiX)