Public infrastructure or tax cuts? Check these maps for answers.

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Public infrastructure or tax cuts? Check these maps for answers.

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

President Biden’s $2 trillion plan shores up the nation’s infrastructure and create jobs. It would be paid for with 15 years of higher taxes on corporations. (NYT)

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.

Freeloading corporations

55 corporations paid no Federal income tax on their 2020 profits – ITEP

Archer Daniels Midland – Federal pretax income $438 million. Tax rebate $164 million.
Juan Ricardo Luciano (CEO) salary $ 5.94 million. Donations to Republicans $ 187,383.

FedEx – Federal pretax income $1.2 billion. Tax rebate $230 million.
Frederick Smith (CEO) salary $ 1.44 million. Donations to Republicans $ 596,000.

Charter Communications – Federal pretax income $ 3.68 billion. Tax rebate $ 7 million.
Thomas Rutledge (CEO) salary $ 8.44 million. Donations to Republicans $ 1,026,187.

Mapping the price of poor infrastructure

Households unable to afford a $400 emergency expense

Households will not be able to afford a $400 emergency expense

How are veterans treated?

What quality of treatment do veterans get?

Where are the uninsured?

Where are the Uninsured?

Deaths from opioid overdoses

Deaths due to opioid overdoses ravage America while politicians give pharmaceutical tycoons a pass.

Where are Black populations impacted by drinking water violations?

Where are Black populations impacted by drinking water violations?

Where are Hispanic populations without health insurance?

Where are Hispanic populations without health insurance?

Population living below the federal poverty level

Population Living Below the Federal Poverty Level

Car crash mortalities

Car Crash Mortality in the US

Where are seniors who work, live alone, or have a disability?

Where are Seniors who Work, Live Alone, or Have a Disability?

Where are people more likely to die from gunshots and other injuries?

Where are people more likely to die from gunshots and other injuries?

Where do people have Medicaid/means-tested healthcare?

Where do People Have Medicaid/Means-Tested Healthcare?

Which race has the most child poverty?

Which race has the highest rate of child poverty?

Where are teen pregnancy prevention programs needed?

Where are Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Needed?

Areas with poor air quality and more people of color?

Which areas with poor air quality also have higher populations of people of color?


Where do Blacks not have an internet subscription at home?

Where do Black or African Americans not have an internet subscription at home?

Where are the disconnected youth?

Where are the Disconnected Youth?

Where are there racial disparities in homeownership?

Where are there racial disparities in homeownership?

Map collection

Lasso is a wonderful free app for web research, collaboration and information sharing. These maps are available in a free Lasso collection.

Lasso is a free app for web research, collaboration and sharing of information. This collection shows the need to invest in public 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.

Deepak
DemLabs

Republicans block investment in public infrastructure that would help hard working Americans, but support tax cuts for their rich donors.
Income inequality is crushing Americans while billionaires get richer.
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.

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