What Trump Promised
As a 2016 candidate, Donald Trump made huge promises to Virginia families, claiming that he’d work for them rather than wealthy donors and corporate interests.
He promised to lower drug prices and give Virginians great health care, including protecting people with pre-existing conditions. He claimed he’d increase wages.
Here’s the Reality
He’s siding with insurance companies to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions, backing a lawsuit to repeal them and promising full repeal after the next election. He’s siding with drug companies as drug prices soar. And he passed a tax bill that gave almost all the benefits to the wealthy and big corporations, that rewarded companies for moving jobs overseas.
Trump launched an all-out attack on our health care by trying to repeal and sabotage the Affordable Care Act.
Trump’s economic policies are delivering huge giveaways to the wealthy at the expense of Virginia families.
Blocking a Minimum Wage Increase
Trump said he would veto an increase in the federal minimum wage, which would have given a raise to nearly 40 million people nationwide.
Most of Trump’s $2 trillion tax cut goes to corporations and the rich. Many Virginia families are getting stuck with the bill.
- A year’s worth of Trump’s tax cuts for the top 1% of Virginia earners—$2.5 billion—could pay for more than half of the resurfacing needs in the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads metropolitan areas.
- Trump proposed an infrastructure plan that actually cut federal funding and encouraged the privatization of public infrastructure and the expansion of highway tolls.
- Trump’s most recent budget called for cutting highway and public transportation programs by $171 billion over the next ten years.
Trump's Broken Promise
“We're also going to bring down the cost of college. Universities get massive federal funds, and huge tax breaks for their endowments, but then they don't spend those funds or those endowments on their students. I will work with Congress to make sure these special federal benefits are not available unless universities begin to reduce tuition and student debt.”
—Donald Trump in Roanoke, VA, September 24, 2016
- In 2019, 44 million people nationwide owe $1.56 trillion in student loan debt.
- 517,000 people in Virginia owe more than $20,000 in student loans, which is 50.7% of all borrowers, and 42.8% are over the age of 35.
- Despite Trump’s promises to fix it, the Trump administration has made things harder, and actually tried to cap the amount of loans borrowers can take out, and shrink the number of repayment plans available to them.