Target: President Donald Trump
The state of our country’s infrastructure — roads, bridges, school buildings, water systems, mass transit systems, access to high-speed broadband and more — is so bad, that it’s received a nearly failing grade of D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Moreover, we need a massive investment in solar and wind power, energy efficiency and other clean energy solutions to slash the use of fossil fuels and fight global climate change.
Rebuilding and investing in infrastructure and protecting our climate for future generations will create millions of good-paying jobs, provide much more livable communities and save the planet. But, we can’t nickel and dime our way toward a solution.
Recently, President Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress agreed that a $2 trillion investment in infrastructure is urgently needed. Democrats challenged President Trump to say how he would pay for it at their next meeting on May 21. Here are just a few options based on making the rich and corporations pay their fair share:
- Repeal those parts of the Trump-GOP tax giveaway that benefit the wealthy and corporations to raise more than $2 trillion.
- Assess a small tax on people with extraordinary wealth above $50 million to raise $2.75 trillion, as proposed by Senator Elizabeth Warren.
- Tax wealth more like work — so the tax rate paid by the rich on their income from investments matches the much higher tax rate paid on wages and salaries — to raise more than $2 trillion.
- Close corporate tax loopholes and subsidies — such as those received by the fossil fuel industry — to raise at least $1 trillion.
We’ve seen time and again how Trump and the GOP support Wall Street and wealthy donors over working families when it comes to major legislation such as health care and tax cuts. We can’t let them get away with it again. We need to make sure Trump does not pay for an infrastructure plan by requiring working families to pick up the tab, and that the $2 trillion plan supports major investments in clean energy technology and green jobs to fight global climate change. Join our national mobilization and sign the petition today!