Group endorses Congressional Progressive Caucus infrastructure plan

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/01/17) - Some local environmental activists and community leaders say President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget goes back on a promise he made to fix Flint's failing infrastructure.

They want to see people support the Congressional Progressive Caucus' (or CPC) resolution.

It is a push for the "21st Century New Deal for Jobs," which supporters say would look out for the middle and lower class.

"He wants to give the private corporations the will and the...to profit off public interest and in doing that, you know, us working class Americans we will be left out and the wealthy will get richer," said Timothy Abdul-Matin, MADE's outreach director.

MADE Institute offers job training and certification in Flint.

Purposeful symbolism from the Michigan People's Campaign as professors, environmental activists and everyday citizens made their point while standing in front of the Flint water plant Thursday morning.

Significant cuts to the EPA and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative proposed by the president are just a couple of major concerns for them.

Dr. Laura Sullivan of Kettering University spoke at the press conference. She held up a corroded steel galvanized pipe, expressing that Flint's infrastructure problems are more than just lead-related and that all infrastructure needs should be a top priority.

Environmentalist Melissa Mays of Water Your Fighting For warned that the issue goes beyond Flint.

"This is not just a Flint problem. One of the things I found is that there are cities all across this country with lead in the air, lead in the water, bacteria. Things that are killing people and shortening their lives," Mays said.

You can take a look at the CPC's proposal here and the president's budget proposal summary here.



 
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