While the Trump administration’s legislative goals for the country have so far been one disaster after another, his campaign promises of infrastructure overhaul have flown under the radar in recent weeks. But from the start, we’ve been sure about one thing: Trump’s infrastructure plan is nothing more than a corporate giveaway. His administration is one of the most Wall Street friendly in history, and if they’re going to spend any money on our roads, bridges and water systems, we know they’ll be expecting a large return on their investment.
That’s why earlier this week, Food & Water Watch filed a lawsuit in federal court against Trump, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce. Trump’s “Infrastructure Council,” whose co-chairs Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth both stand to gain financially from the infrastructure deals they’re supposed to be crafting, has been working behind closed doors since January.
The United States desperately needs investment in its infrastructure. The lack of investment in our public water systems over the decades has led to unaffordable rates for water service, and in some places, water that’s unsafe to drink or bathe with. But selling off our roads, bridges and water systems off to the highest bidder is no answer to our problems. By outsourcing the planning for infrastructure investment without any concern for conflicts of interest, Trump is ensuring more of the same problems we’ve come to expect from privatization schemes: price increases, a lack of public accountability, and a loss of jobs.
Instead, we believe communities deserve a right to have a say in how their infrastructure is maintained – and to know if Trump is making his friends even richer by building it. And since Food & Water Watch takes no government or corporate donations, we’re free to fight these battles without compromising. That’s why we rely on supporters like you to keep our government accountable. Thanks to your donation, we’re fighting to make sure Trump and his friends on Wall Street can’t sell off our public infrastructure for a profit. Instead, we’ll work to make sure we invest in our public water infrastructure to make sure our country is safer and healthier – for everyone.