The Senate GOP tax bill is nothing more than a massive tax giveaway to the wealthiest individuals and corporate special interests. It does nothing to help middle-class families and our communities and is paid for on the backs of working families and students. The multi-trillion plan risks cuts to public school funding, educator job losses, and overcrowded classrooms that deprive students of one-on-one attention.
Found by Congress' own nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation to favor the wealthy and corporations overwhelmingly at the expense of working families, students, and educators, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has provision after provision that raise taxes on 82 million middle class families while doling out generous tax cuts for the top 1 percent. The bill:
- Eliminates the state and local tax deduction, which could cut education funding by $370 billion over the next 10 years, and put as many as 370,000 educator jobs at risk.
- Partially repeals the Affordable Care Act, leaving 13 million Americans uninsured and resulting in drastic spikes in insurance premiums.
- Allows corporations to continue claiming the state and local tax deduction while taking it away from individuals and families.
- Targets 79 percent of its net tax cuts to businesses and the wealthiest estates.
BOTTOM LINE: The Senate GOP tax bill is a bad deal. It raises taxes on millions of middle class and working families to pay for tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy.
What You Can Do Next
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