Republicans block investments in public infrastructure but give huge tax cuts to their rich donors.
Working Americans struggle with poor infrastructure. Invest tax payers’ money in infrastructure rather than tax cuts for rich donors and corporations that don’t pay any tax.
Check these maps to see where better infrastructure will help all Americans.
Households unable to afford a $400 emergency expense (New Orleans, LA)
How are veterans treated? (El Paso, TX)
Where are the uninsured? (Atlanta, GA)
Deaths from opioid overdoses (Columbus, OH)
Where are Black populations impacted by drinking water violations? (Flint, MI)
Where are Hispanic populations without health insurance? (Tampa, FL)
Population living below the Federal poverty level (Lexington, KY)
Car crash mortalities (Miller County, MO)
Where are seniors who work, live alone, or have a disability? (Memphis, TN)
Where are people more likely to die from gunshots and other injuries? (Dallas, TX)
Where do people have Medicaid/means-tested healthcare? (Pueblo, CO)
Which race has the highest rate of child poverty? (Montgomery, AL)
Where are teen pregnancy prevention programs needed? (Billings, MT)
Which areas have poor air quality and more people of color? (Tulsa, OK)
Where do Blacks not have an internet subscription at home? (Compton, CA)
Where are the disconnected youth? (Chicago, IL)
Where are there racial disparities in homeownership? (Philadelphia, PA)
President Biden’s infrastructure plan
Transportation: Modernize 20,000 miles of highways and roads; repair 10,000 bridges; and, by 2030, build a network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers. To revitalize the aging or crumbling corridors that get American people and products from place to place, while reducing the sector’s reliance on fossil fuels that drive climate change.
Buildings and Utilities: More than $200 billion in tax credits and grants to improve and build affordable housing. To make homes and commercial buildings more energy efficient; reduce the lead hazards of old water pipes; bridge the urban-rural digital divide; and modernize the electrical grid for greater reliability and wider deployment of low-carbon electricity.
Jobs and Innovation: The plan goes beyond physical infrastructure, proposing more than $500 billion to invest in the manufacturing sector, worker training and research and development.
In-Home Care: $400 billion to expand access to caregiving for those who are older and those with disabilities, and to improve pay and benefits for caregivers.
Mapping the price of poor infrastructure
For the rich. By the rich. Of the rich.
“Mitch McConnell has said that Republicans will fight the infrastructure package ‘every step of the way’ and that the voters didn’t give his White House a ‘mandate’ for their huge investment proposal that will raise taxes for businesses and Americans making more than $400,000.” – Daily Mail
“The GOP’s rush to tax cuts was brainless. Does any of this matter to the President, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and most Republican members of Congress? No. The mega-donors of the Republican Party, who pull the strings, will reap vast tax savings whether or not there is growth, huge deficits, soaring public debt or harm to the poor.” – WTHITV
“Republicans voted to cut $7 billion in funding from children’s health care. House Republicans voted Thursday to cut $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which provides health insurance to millions of low-income children and pregnant women.” – American Independent
TakeAway: Use infographics like Living Atlas maps to explain the benefits of investing in public infrastructure.
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