Critics gather to condemn President Trump's infrastructure plan
6:24 PM, Feb 14, 2018
Wednesday critics of the President's infrastructure plan gathered at the War Memorial Plaza in downtown Baltimore to show opposition.
The $1.5 trillion plan would only include $200 billion from the federal government over the next 10 years. The rest of the money would have to come from local and state governments, which could lead to higher taxes, tolls, and fees.
Critics spoke out about a part of the plan that they say would encourage and support the transfer of the city's water service from public to private ownership and control.
"President Trump if you don’t send money, don’t look at Baltimore city because we will not privatize our water system. Our water system belongs to the citizens of Baltimore not to any elected leader, not to the mayor, not to the governor, it belongs to the citizens of Baltimore,” said city council president Jack Young.
“We will not, we will not, we will not privatize our system."
Two companies, Suez Environnment and KKR & Co. L.P., have already started their pitches to take control of Baltimore's water system through a 50-year lease.
After the rally, a letter signed by 19 organizations was delivered to the board of estimates opposing the companies' attempts.