"This bill is an egregious handout to giant water corporations which would embolden them to manipulate and fleece struggling communities—particularly communities of color," said Food & Water Action executive director. "The fact that this bill is being touted as an 'environmental justice' measure makes it all the more nefarious." Food & Water Action led the demand in a letter (pdf) taking aim at the "Voluntary Water Partnership for Distressed Communities Act," described in the document as "inappropriate, unjust, and unreasonable."
Republicans are now trying to POISON US, The bill S 3621 was introduced by Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and acts as an amendment to the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2020. Critics charge the legislation induces poor communities to sell off their water rights. We need to protect our most vulnerable communities, not put them up for sale." Meanwhile on the House side, heroic efforts by clean water activists and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have just removed the single worst feature of the House bill. In the latest draft, the major benefits are limited to water systems that are already privatized; no incentives are created for new privatizations. It would be better if the provision were stripped from the Democrats’ infrastructure bill entirely.
AFSCME’s role is a reminder that public worker unions are advocates not just of employees, but of the importance of safeguarding the public realm from relentless efforts to privatize it.
Donald Trump’s version of an infrastructure program is more and more privatization. Turn public systems over to private corporations, which will presumably invest in them, and stick consumers and citizens with the higher costs