National CAPACD Demands Equitable Infrastructure in #OurNeighborhoods
Today, the Administration released its infrastructure plan, which will affect local communities across America for the next ten years. National CAPACD is disappointed in the Administration’s plan as it glaringly fails to address the dire needs of #OurNeighborhoods, while benefiting the wealthiest at the expense of low-income and working Americans.
This plan does not provide the much needed federal investments in our infrastructure; instead it relies on state and local governments, as well as private investors to fund 80% of the costs. Besides creating more inequality and privatizing public assets, other detrimental impacts of this plan would include:
- Cutting existing highway and public transportation funds
- Cutting existing infrastructure jobs
- State and local tax increases
- Environmental rollbacks
- Funding offsets from unspecified cuts in other federal programs
To read more specific details about the plan, National CAPACD has compiled a fact sheet on its impact on local communities.
Our communities and #OurNeighborhoods need more.
Federal investment must go beyond roads, bridges, and airports. Our communities need access to safe, reliable, and clean affordable energy, telecommunications, clean water, parks, schools, libraries, community facilities and centers, childcare, and affordable housing. Most importantly, investments must prevent displacement of neighborhood residents and provide opportunities to build wealth for all.
National CAPACD Executive Director Seema Agnani states, “The infrastructure plan released today has grave implications for all communities of color and working Americans. We cannot accept the Administration’s agenda, which panders to the wealthiest and fails to address the urgent needs of low-income communities. We must ensure that our communities have access to resources and opportunities; we must protect those who are at risk of displacement; we must demand local autonomy, transparency, meaningful community engagement, and accountability in our neighborhoods.”
As this Administration and Congress attempts to move an infrastructure plan forward, National CAPACD urges our coalition to continue to demand equitable infrastructure that is accountable to the needs of low-income and working Americans.